Glencore Takes On Its First Female Director
The last FTSE 100 company with an all-male board has announced the appointment of its first female director.
Mining and commodities giant Glencore Xstrata said it has hired non-executive director Patrice Merrin.
She was formerly the chief operating officer at Canadian company Sherritt.
New chairman Tony Hayward said: "Patrice's in-depth experience of operating across the resources sector will help strengthen the board's ability to work with the opportunities and challenges presented by the global extractive industry."
She worked at Sherritt, a miner with diversified interests, for 10 years.
Ms Merrin was also a director of the Alberta Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation from 2009 to 2014.
She was also a member of the Canadian Advisory Panel on Sustainable Energy Science and Technology for several years and was a member of Canada's round table on the environment and the economy.
Mr Hayward, who was the boss of BP during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, added: "Her record of non-executive director appointments, activist involvement and industry advisory board service is also an excellent complementary skill set to our board."
Last year's merger of Glencore and Xstrata created a company that controls a chain of businesses from mining to refining, storage and shipping of basic commodities like coal, copper and corn.
In April, ministers in Westminster started a process to help improve the presence of women on the boards of top companies.
At the time, Equalities Minister Jenny Willott said progress had been made with the FTSE 100 firms, with the proportion of female board members rising from 12.5% to 20.7%.
But she added that still left women outnumbered by four to one.