June 26 (Reuters) - Patrice Merrin, a Canadian mining
executive, has withdrawn from the slate of directors nominated
by activist investor Casablanca Capital to the board of Cliffs
Natural Resources Inc after she was appointed to the
board of Glencore Plc, Casablanca said on Thursday.
Casablanca, which owns 5.2 percent of Cliffs, has put up a
rival slate to replace a majority of the directors at Cliffs, a
U.S.-based iron ore and metallurgical coal miner.
Merrin's appointment to the board of Glencore, a global
commodity trader and miner, was announced on Thursday. She is
the first female board director of Glencore, the last
London-listed blue-chip company with an all-male board.
(Reporting by Nicole Mordant in Vancouver; Editing by Jeffrey