UPDATE 1-Miner Glencore appoints first female board director
* Glencore had been criticised for lack of female directors
* Mining sector lags others for female representation
* Patrice Merrin holds number of other industry posts (Adds data, PIRC comment)
By Silvia Antonioli
LONDON, June 26 (Reuters) - Commodity trader and miner Glencore Plc, the last London-listed blue-chip company with an all-male board, has appointed Patrice Merrin as its first female board director.
The group had come under fire from some shareholders over its apparent failure to follow recommendations in a 2011 British government review that called for more women on company boards.
Merrin, appointed a non-executive director with immediate effect, had worked at Canadian miner Sherritt for a decade before becoming chief executive of Canadian thermal coal producer Luscar.
She is also a director of mining company Stillwater and has been proposed as director of MFC Industrial and Cliff Natural Resources.
The government's Davies Review set a target for all companies in the FTSE 100 index of leading shares to have a quarter of board roles held by women by 2015 - a target particularly challenging for the commodities sector. Continued...