17 September 2012

Adrian Hennah to leave Smith & Nephew

Smith & Nephew plc (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN), the global medical technology business, today announces that Adrian Hennah, Chief Financial Officer, will be leaving the Company at the end of December 2012 to become Chief Financial Officer at Reckitt Benckiser Group plc. The search for a successor to Adrian is underway, and a further announcement will be made in due course.

Olivier Bohuon, Chief Executive Officer said,

“I would like to thank Adrian for his outstanding commitment and dedication to Smith & Nephew over the last six years, and, more personally, for the support he has offered me since I joined. Adrian has made a significant contribution to the Company’s performance and strategy, and I know that my colleagues will join me in wishing him every success in his new role.”

Adrian Hennah commented,

“I’ve hugely enjoyed the last six years at Smith & Nephew and am very proud to have been part of such an outstanding organisation. The Company is performing strongly with a reinvigorated strategic direction and a strong balance sheet. I now feel that this is an appropriate time for me to take the next step in my career. I wish Olivier and everyone else at Smith & Nephew all the best for the future.”



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About Smith & Nephew

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to helping improve people's lives. With leadership positions in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Advanced Wound Management, Sports Medicine and Trauma, Smith & Nephew has almost 11,000 employees and a presence in more than 90 countries. Annual sales in 2011 were nearly $4.3 billion. Smith & Nephew is a member of the FTSE100 (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN).

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