SOURCE: Smith & Nephew PLC

July 10, 2008 04:26 ET

Smith and Nephew - appoints Non-Executive Director

London, UK--(Marketwire - July 10, 2008) -


Smith & Nephew appoints Non-Executive Director


10 July 2008


Smith & Nephew plc (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN), the global medical technology
business, announces the appointment of an additional Non-Executive
Director to the Board.

Joseph C. Papa, aged 52, and based in Michigan is Chairman of Perrigo
Company. Perrigo is a leading global healthcare supplier that develops,
manufactures and distributes over-the-counter and prescription
pharmaceuticals, nutritional products, active pharmaceutical
ingredients and consumer products. Joe has considerable experience in
sales and marketing and has held senior management positions with
Cardinal Health, Watson Pharmaceuticals, G.D. Searle and Novartis.

Joe will join the Board on 1 August 2008.

He has no details to disclose under paragraph 9.6.13 (2) to 9.6.13 (6)
of The Listing Rules.

John Buchanan, Chairman of Smith & Nephew, said today:  "We are
delighted that Joe has agreed to join the Board.  He will bring
additional international experience in the medical technology
industry.  We are looking forward to working with him."

Enquiries

Investors

Liz Hewitt                         Tel:    +44 (0)20 7401 7646

Smith & Nephew

Group Director Corporate Affairs


Media

Jon Coles                          Tel:    +44 (0)20 7404 5959

Brunswick - London


About Smith & Nephew


Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business, specialising in
Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Orthopaedic Trauma and Clinical Therapies,
Endoscopy and Advanced Wound Management products. Smith & Nephew is a
global leader in arthroscopy and advanced wound management and is one
of the leading global orthopaedics companies.


Smith & Nephew is dedicated to helping improve people's lives. The
Company prides itself on the strength of its relationships with its
surgeons and professional healthcare customers, with whom its name is
synonymous with high standards of performance, innovation and trust.
The Company operates in 32 countries around the world. Annual sales in
2007 were USD3.4 billion.


About Perrigo Company


Perrigo Company is a leading global healthcare supplier that develops,
manufactures and distributes over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription
pharmaceuticals, nutritional products, active pharmaceutical
ingredients (API) and consumer products. The Company is the world's
largest manufacturer of OTC pharmaceutical products for the store brand
market. The Company's primary markets and locations of manufacturing
facilities are the United States, Israel, Mexico and the United
Kingdom.  Visit Perrigo on the Internet

(http://www.perrigo.com).

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