1 November 2012

Directorate Change

Smith & Nephew plc (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN), the global medical technology business, today announces that Prof. Geneviève Berger has resigned as a Non-Executive Director with effect from today.

Geneviève Berger, said

“I am sorry to be leaving Smith & Nephew at such an exciting time as the business refocuses under Olivier’s leadership.  My decision reflects the demands placed on my time from my wider commitments.  I wish John, Olivier and all at Smith & Nephew the very best for the future. ”

Sir John Buchanan, Chairman of Smith & Nephew, commented:

“I would like to thank Geneviève for her contribution as a Non-Executive Director and valuable member of our Ethics & Compliance Committee.  I understand her decision to concentrate her time on a more focused portfolio and she leaves with the good wishes of us all.”


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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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