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Chair - Roberto Quarta

Joined the Board in December 2013 and appointed Chair following election by shareholders at the 2014 Annual General Meeting. He was also appointed Chair of the Nomination & Governance Committee and a Member of the Remuneration Committee on that day.   

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Career and Experience

Roberto is a graduate and a former Trustee of the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester (MA), US. He started his career as a manager trainee at David Gessner Ltd, before moving on to Worcester Controls Corporation and then BTR plc, where he was a divisional Chief Executive. Between 1985 and 1989 he was Executive VP of Hitchiner Manufacturing Co., Inc. He returned to BTR plc in 1989 as Divisional Chief Executive, where he was appointed to the main board. From here he moved to BBA Aviation plc, as Chief Executive Officer and then as Chair, until 2007. In 2001, he joined Clayton Dubilier & Rice, LLC (CD&R) as Partner and is currently Chair of CD&R Europe.

He has held several board positions, including Non-Executive Director of Powergen plc, Equant N.V., BAE Systems plc and Foster Wheeler AG. His previous Chairmanships include Italtel S.p.A., Rexel SA, IMI plc and SPIE SA. Roberto was also a former member of the Investment Committee of Fondo Strategico Italiano S.p.A.

Other Current Appointments

  • Chair of WPP plc.
  • Partner at Clayton Dubilier & Rice, LLC and Chair of CD&R Europe.

Skills and Competencies

Roberto’s career in private equity brings valuable experience to Smith+Nephew, particularly when evaluating acquisitions and new business opportunities. He has an in-depth understanding of differing global governance requirements having served as a director and chair of a number of UK and international companies.

During 2020, Roberto conducted a comprehensive review of the Smith+Nephew Board, being mindful of the required skills, knowledge, experience and diversity. In conjunction with the Nomination & Governance Committee, he has appointed four new Non-Executive Directors during the COVID-19 pandemic, including John Ma on 17 February 2021. These appointments included three Directors with specific medical devices experience and a new Chair of the Audit Committee, with relevant financial experience. Anne-Françoise Nesmes also joined the Board on 27 July 2020 as Chief Financial Officer following the resignation of Graham Baker in early 2020.



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