Antofagasta Plc has appointed Vivianne Blanlot as Non-Executive Director

Published: 30/03/2014

Antofagasta Plc has appointed Vivianne Blanlot a non-executive director, effective March 27!!!!

The announcement will put further pressure on Glencore Xstrata, the last FTSE 100 company with an all-male board of directors. A spokesman said: ‘Glencore values and promotes diversity across its business. The appointment of a female board member is a significant consideration and our Nominations Committee is working to identify the right female candidates.’

News and rumours seem to be indicating that Glencore is looking but hasn’t found the right person yet. With so many amazing female talent out there this seems difficult to believe, however, the good news is they are looking to add a woman to the board. So hopefully not too long until the last male bastion on the FTSE100 is history!

But back to Viviane Blanlot.

Vivianne Blanlot Soza is a Chilean economist and politician. She has a degree in economics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and MA in Economics from the American University in the United States.

Between 1980 and 1990 she served as an economist in charge of the evaluation of investments and programs in the area of energy, mining, water and road infrastructure in the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). She was executive director of the National Environmental Commission (CONAMA) between 1995 and 1997 in Chile. In 2000 she took over as executive secretary of the National Energy Commission (CNE), serving until 2003. In 2005 she joined the board of BancoEstado and worked as a consultant in the areas of energy and environment for telecommunications company IGT.

In 2006 President Michelle Bachelet appointed her as Minister of National Defense; she was replaced in March 2007.

In late 2011 she was appointed as a member of the Council for Transparency. In 2012 she joined the board of Colbún, a Chilean power generation and trading company.
Bio extracted from Wikipedia

Link to FT Article of 28th March, “Glencore only UK blue-chip without a woman on board”