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 News Release - March 9, 2006

Smith & Nephew Endoscopy Appoints Mullen to Lead US Sales

ANDOVER, Mass., March 9 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Smith & Nephew's (NYSE: SNN ; LSE: SN ) Endoscopy division today announced the appointment of John Mullen as Vice President, U.S. Sales.

"John's business insight and experience dealing with key opinion leaders and both selling and leading sales forces in the U.S. and International markets will help to position Endoscopy for future growth," commented Tom Finnerty, VP, HR, Smith & Nephew Endoscopy.

Mr. Mullen has been with Smith & Nephew since 1992, most recently serving as Endoscopy's VP, Spine. In that position, Mullen played a strategic role in spearheading the development and growth of the company's Spine product portfolio and expanding the business into International markets.

Prior to that Mullen served as Endoscopy's Business Manager for the United Kingdom (UK). In that role, Mullen was directly responsible for all aspects of operations and strategic direction, including P&L, business development, sales and marketing for the company's UK business.

Before joining Smith & Nephew, Mullen served as a sales representative for a physiotherapy organization. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Cambridge College, Cambridge, UK and an Honours Degree in Sports Science from Crewe and Alsager College, Cheshire, UK.

Mullen resides in Winchester, Mass., with his wife and children.

About Smith & Nephew:

Smith & Nephew (NYSE: SNN, LSE: SN) ( is a global medical technology business, specializing in Endoscopy, Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Orthopaedic Trauma and Advanced Wound Management products. Smith & Nephew ranks as the global leader in arthroscopy and one of the world's leaders in advanced wound management and is one of the fastest growing orthopaedics companies in the world.

Smith & Nephew is dedicated to helping improve people's lives. The company prides itself on the strength of its relationships with its surgeon and professional healthcare customers, with whom its name is synonymous with the highest standards of performance, innovation and trust. The company has more than 8,500 employees and operates in 33 countries around the world and generated sales of nearly $2.6 billion.

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Source: Smith & Nephew

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