UPDATE 1-British safety kit maker Halma names Louise Makin as first chairwoman

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Feb 9 (Reuters) - Britain’s Halma Plc said on Tuesday it had appointed Louise Makin as its new chair designate, making her the first woman to chair the safety equipment maker’s board.

Makin, who will be among only a handful of women at the helm of a FTSE 100 company, will be taking over from Paul Walker, who will step down from the position in July after eight years in the role.

Makin, who served as chief executive officer of medical device maker BTG plc for 15 years until 2019, is currently a non-executive director of blue-chip testing firm Intertek Group , a position she will step down from in June 2021.

She has also previously served as a non-executive director of Premier Foods plc.

Makin will also join the nomination and remuneration committees. (Reporting by Jasmine I S in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri)