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Appointment of Roland Diggelmann as Non-Executive Director
31 January 2018
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 helping healthcare professionals improve people's lives. With leadership positions in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Advanced Wound Management, Sports Medicine and Trauma & Extremities, Smith & Nephew has around 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 FTSE 100 (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN).
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
Smith & Nephew Plc
Date: January 31, 2018
By: /s/ Susan Swabey
Susan Swabey
Company Secretary