US-listed LPG carrier owner Navigator Holdings has appointed recruitment specialist Janette Marx to replace its long-serving independent director.

The London-based owner said David Kenwright resigned after 16 years of service.

He was chair of the nomination and remuneration committees, contributing significantly to both.

Navigator’s seven-person board now includes three women.

Marx joined as a director on Thursday.

She has extensive business experience, the shipowner said, having worked for 25 years in the human resources and recruitment industry.

Marx is currently chief executive of private equity-backed consultancy Airswift Group.

Before joining the company in 2014, the US CEO spent 19 years at Adecco Group, where she ran the technical, engineering, medical and science divisions.

Houston-based Marx is also a board member of the American Staffing Association, Junior Achievement, CEOs Against Cancer and Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

Extensive experience

She also chairs Houston’s Bauer School of Business’ business engagement committee.

Navigator chairman Dag von Appen said: “I would like to express our sincere gratitude and thanks to David for his many years of steadfast service and his considerable contributions to the company.”

“It has been my pleasure and privilege to work alongside David and to benefit from his support during my time as chairman. We wish him and his family all the very best for the future,” he added.

Von Appen said Marx’s Houston base is also home to Navigator’s newest office and its ethylene export terminal joint venture.

“Janette brings extensive professional experience to the company which will be a great asset as we build on Navigator’s success for the future. We look forward to working with her closely during this exciting time for the company,” the chairman said.