Navigator Holdings CEO steps down

Written by Nick Blenkey
DR. harry Deans

Dr. Harry Deans: "“Now is an appropriate time for someone with a more seasoned maritime background to take the lead at the company."

Navigator Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NVGS), reports that Dr. Henry “Harry” Deans has given notice that he intends to step down as Navigator’s CEO and as a member of its Board of Directors, effective today.

Deans was appointed as a member of the board in November 2018 and became CEO in August 2019. During his tenure as CEO, he oversaw the merger of the fleet and business of Ultragas ApS with that of Navigator’s, growing the fleet to a total of 55 vessels.

“On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Harry for his service and contribution to the business during his time at Navigator,” said Dag von Appen, Navigator’s Non-Executive Chairman. “We wish him all the best for his future endeavors.”

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Navigator and I’m glad I was at the helm to commission the ethylene terminal and successfully complete the merger with Ultragas,” said Deans. “Now is an appropriate time for someone with a more seasoned maritime background to take the lead at the company. I wish the Navigator team all the best for the future.”

A process to identify the successor of Deans as CEO will commence immediately. In the interim, a committee comprising existing management executives, namely, Chief Financial Officer, Niall Nolan, Chief Commercial Officer, Oeyvind Lindeman, and Michael Schröder, CEO of Ultragas ApS Denmark, Country President and Integration Officer, will lead Navigator, until the successor has joined the company.

Navigator Holdings is the owner and operator of the world’s largest fleet of handysize liquefied gas carriers and a global leader in the seaborne transportation services of petrochemical gases, such as ethylene and ethane, liquefied petroleum gas and ammonia and owns a 50% share, through a joint venture, in an ethylene export marine terminal at Morgan’s Point, Texas. On August 4, 2021, Navigator completed the merger of the fleet and business activities of Ultragas ApS with its own, adding an additional 18 vessels to the fleet, which now consists of 55 semi- or fully-refrigerated liquefied gas carriers, 22 of which are ethylene and ethane capable.

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