5 March 2020

Smith+Nephew announces departure of Chief Financial Officer

Smith+Nephew (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN), the global medical technology business,  announces that Graham Baker will step down from the Board and his position as Chief Financial Officer (‘CFO’) on 30 April 2020 in order to take up a new CFO role outside the healthcare sector.

Smith+Nephew is at an advanced stage of appointing Graham’s successor and expects to announce the Company’s new CFO in the near future. Ian Melling, Senior Vice President Group Finance, will serve as interim CFO and join the Executive Committee but not the Board during this period.

Roland Diggelmann, Chief Executive Officer, Smith+Nephew, commented:

“Graham has been a highly valued member of our team and has been instrumental in many of the changes that are supporting our recent improved performance. He leaves with our very best wishes for the future.

”We are confident that we will be able to announce Graham’s replacement shortly and that this will be a proven CFO with excellent global listed-company and healthcare experience.”

Graham Baker, Chief Financial Officer, commented:

“I am immensely proud of what Smith+Nephew, and the Finance and IT teams in particular, have achieved over the last three years and I appreciate very much the opportunity I have had to work with Roland, both as Board Member and CEO. While I regret not being able to continue the great work we have started, my new opportunity was too compelling personally and professionally to miss.”

No further 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 these appointments.

This announcement includes inside information as defined in Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation No. 596/2014.

The person responsible for arranging the release of this announcement on behalf of Smith+Nephew is Susan Swabey, Company Secretary.


In connection with his departure from the Company on 30 April 2020, Graham will be paid in accordance with the Company’s Remuneration Policy and the terms of his service agreement. He will continue to receive his salary, benefits and pension contributions in the normal way up to 30 April 2020 and all unvested awards under the Performance Share Programme and the Equity Incentive Programme will lapse on his leaving the Company.



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About Smith+Nephew

Smith+Nephew is a portfolio medical technology business that exists to restore people’s bodies and their self-belief by using technology to take the limits off living. We call this purpose ‘Life Unlimited’. Our 17,500+ employees deliver this mission every day, making a difference to patients’ lives through the excellence of our product portfolio, and the invention and application of new technologies across our three global franchises of Orthopaedics, Advanced Wound Management and Sports Medicine & ENT. Founded in Hull, UK, in 1856, we now operate in more than 100 countries, and generated annual sales of $5.1 billion in 2019. Smith+Nephew is a constituent of the FTSE100 (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN). The terms ‘Group’ and ‘Smith+Nephew’ are used to refer to Smith & Nephew plc and its consolidated subsidiaries, unless the context requires otherwise.

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