31 January 2018

Appointment of Roland Diggelmann as Non-Executive Director

Smith & Nephew (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN), the global medical technology business, announces that Roland Diggelmann is to join its Board as Non-Executive Director on 1 March 2018.

Roland Diggelmann, Chief Executive Officer at Roche Diagnostics and a member of the Corporate Executive Committee of F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, joined Roche in 2008 as Head Region Asia Pacific, and was appointed to his current role in 2012. Prior to Roche, he was Managing Director for Japan and later Executive Vice President Sales/Distribution EMEA and Managing Director for Zimmer GmbH. Before Zimmer he worked for Sulzer Orthopedics Ltd and Sulzer Medical/Centerpulse Ltd in Europe and Asia Pacific, prior to its acquisition by Zimmer.

Roland Diggelmann is a Swiss citizen, born in 1967, and studied Business Administration at University of Berne, Switzerland.

Roberto Quarta, Chairman of Smith & Nephew, commented:

“As we have said previously, we have been looking to strengthen our Board with a Non-Executive Director who has direct experience in our orthopaedic field of medical devices. Roland Diggelmann brings that experience to the Board, having held senior positions at Sulzer Orthopaedics and then with Zimmer. He has also had significant international experience, particularly in Japan and other parts of Asia, important markets for Smith & Nephew. We are delighted that he will be joining our Board and look forward to his insights into our industry.”

No disclosure obligations arise under paragraphs (1) to (6) of LR 9.6.13 R of the UK Listing Authority’s Listing Rules in respect of this appointment. Mr Diggelmann’s fees will be $129,780 per annum of which $9,780 will be paid in the form of Smith & Nephew shares in-line with current Non-Executive Directors.


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About Smith & Nephew

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to supporting healthcare professionals in their daily efforts to improve the lives of their patients. With leadership positions in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Advanced Wound Management, Sports Medicine and Trauma & Extremities, Smith & Nephew has more than 15,000 employees and a presence in more than 100 countries. Annual sales in 2016 were almost $4.7 billion. Smith & Nephew is a member of the FTSE100 (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN).

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