Japan's Seven & i to reshape board as part of focus on global expansion

People are seen at Seven & i Holdings Co's Seven Eleven convenience store in Tokyo
People are seen at Seven & i Holdings Co's Seven Eleven convenience store in Tokyo, Japan January 12, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO, April 7 (Reuters) - Japanese retailer Seven & I Holdings Co (3382.T) said on Thursday it would revamp its board of directors as it seeks to accelerate overseas growth.

The operator of 7-Eleven convenience stores has been under pressure from activist fund ValueAct Capital to make structural reforms and sell off assets. read more

The company said in a statement it would name two female and three non-Japanese nominees to the new roles of independent outside directors, making external members the majority in its board composition.

The revamp is intended to add diversity and bring in new skills as the company pursues growth outside Japan, it said.

Seven & i said it would continue reforms of its business portfolio, and that it had hired a financial adviser to conduct a strategic review of its Sogo & Seibu department store unit.

ValueAct, which holds a 4.4% stake, had urged the company to sell off Sogo & Seibu, saying in February that Seven & i could more than double its share price by focusing on its convenience stores.

Seven & i made the announcement along with full-year financial results. Operating profit rose 5.8% to 388 billion yen ($3.14 billion) in the year through February, it said in a separate statement.

($1 = 123.7000 yen)

Reporting by Rocky Swift; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Muralikumar Anantharaman

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