UPDATE 1-Miner Glencore appoints first female board director

Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:36am EDT
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* 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...