First female director a history-making moment for Glencore

Glencore has made history by appointing its first ever female board director.

The commodity trader and mining giant was the last British blue-chip company without a female featuring in the top job.

Patrice Merrin, 65, will take on the role effective immediately.

A Canadian national, Merrin has more than 20 years of mining industry experience under her belt.

She was previously chief executive of Luscar, Canada’s largest thermal coal producer and headed diversified miner Sherritt until 2004.

Merrin is currently a non-executive director at Stillwater Mining and been put forward for director roles at MFC Industrial and Cliff Natural Resources.

"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," Glencore Chairman Tony Hayward said in a statement.

U.K. Business Secretary Vince Cable welcomed Merrin's appointment.

"This last appointment has been long in the making but I congratulate Glencore…on hiring their first woman nonexecutive board director," he said.

According to the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the latest percentage of women on ASX-200 boards in 18.2%.

However a total of 41 boards in the ASX 200 still do not have any women.

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