Smith & Nephew statement regarding Olivier Bohuon

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1 February 2016

Smith & Nephew (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN), the global medical technology business, announces that Olivier Bohuon, Chief Executive Officer, has been diagnosed with a highly treatable form of cancer. Olivier will remain Chief Executive Officer and be actively involved in running the Company through much of his treatment period, which will begin later this month. The treatment will include chemotherapy, and is expected to be completed by late autumn.

The Board has approved provisional governance procedures to ensure the effective operation of Smith & Nephew during the treatment period, includingChairman Roberto Quarta providing executive oversight if required.

Roberto Quarta, Chairman of Smith & Nephew, said, "Olivier has set a clear strategy that is invigorating Smith & Nephew's growth profile. I am confident that Olivier and his team will continue to execute the plan successfully. Our thoughts are with him as he undergoes treatment."

Olivier will present Smith & Nephew's Full Year and Q4 results on Thursday 4 February 2016 as normal.

Enquiries

Investors
Ingeborg Øie
Smith & Nephew
+44 (0) 20 7960 2285

Financial Media
Charles Reynolds
Smith & Nephew
+44 (0) 20 7401 7646

Ben Atwell / Matthew Cole
FTI Strategic Consulting
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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 ReconstructionAdvanced Wound Management,Sports Medicine and Trauma & Extremities, Smith & Nephew has around 14,000 employees and a presence in more than 100 countries. Annual sales in 2014 were more than $4.6 billion. Smith & Nephew is a member of the FTSE100 (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN).

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