Safeway chairman David Webster faced a grilling from shareholders at the chain's annual general meeting, not on the subject of pensions or dividends, but the lack of women board members. One elderly shareholder reckoned that as women made up the majority of Safeway's customers, they knew most about what shoppers wanted. Another announced to the all-male panel on the stage: "I think you're rather wonderful ­ I love looking at these 10 handsome men, but wouldn't it be nice to see a female face?" Webster assured her that women were now better represented at all levels in the company and that Sharon Hintze would soon be joining Safeway as a non-executive director. Hintze is evidently assured of a very warm welcome at next year's meeting­ {{COUNTERPOINT }}

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