9 April 2020

Smith+Nephew appoints Anne-Francoise Nesmes as Chief Financial Officer

Smith+Nephew (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN), the global medical technology business, is pleased to announce that Anne-Francoise Nesmes has been appointed as the Company’s new Chief Financial Officer (‘CFO’). Anne-Francoise will join Smith+Nephew by 3 August 2020, once her current commitments have concluded, when she will also be appointed to the Board as an Executive Director.

Anne-Francoise Nesmes is currently CFO of Merlin Entertainments Ltd (‘Merlin’), the world's second-largest visitor attraction operator, a position she has held since August 2016. Merlin was a constituent of the FTSE 250 before being acquired by private equity in November 2019. Anne-Francoise is also a Non-Executive Director of Compass Group PLC.

Prior to Merlin, Anne-Francoise was CFO of FTSE 250 specialist animal health company Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC (2013-16), and held a variety of increasingly senior roles at GlaxoSmithKline plc in the UK and overseas (1997-2013), including Senior Vice President of Finance for the £3.5 billion revenue vaccines business.

Anne-Francoise qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant and has an MBA from Henley Management College. She has dual French and British citizenship. 

Roland Diggelmann, Chief Executive Smith+Nephew, commented:

“Anne-Francoise is an exceptional finance leader who has demonstrated her effectiveness supporting ambitious strategic, investment and efficiency programmes in both healthcare and other sectors. I am excited that she is joining Smith+Nephew.”

Anne-Francoise Nesmes commented:

“This is a wonderful opportunity to join a major global healthcare company with a strong heritage and exciting long-term prospects. I look forward to working with Roland and the team, and supporting their ambitious vision for Smith+Nephew.”

As previously announced, Graham Baker will step down as CFO and leave Smith+Nephew for a new opportunity on 30 April 2020. Ian Melling, Senior Vice President Group Finance, will serve as interim CFO from that date until Anne-Francoise joins. Graham will stand down as a Director after the Annual General Meeting to be held at 2pm today.

No further disclosure obligations arise under paragraphs (1) to (6) of LR 9.6.13 R of the Financial Conduct Authority’s Listing Rules in respect of these appointments.


Anne-Francoise Nesmes will be paid in accordance with the Remuneration Policy, which will be presented to shareholders for approval later today, and as set out in the 2019 Annual Report:




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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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