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 News Release - June 7, 2007

Smith & Nephew Appoints Joseph DeVivo President of Orthopaedic Reconstruction

MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 7 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Smith & Nephew plc (NYSE: SNN, LSE: SN) announced today the appointment of Joseph DeVivo as President of its Orthopaedic Reconstruction division, effective June 18. He will be based at the Orthopaedic Reconstruction headquarters in Memphis.

DeVivo, 40, joins Smith & Nephew with 18 years of marketing, development, sales, operations and executive leadership experience. Most recently he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of RITA Medical Systems, Inc., a pioneer of radiofrequency ablation technology, which was acquired by AngioDynamics in 2006. Previously, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of medical robotics company Computer Motion, Inc., helping to turn the company's performance around ahead of its merger with Intuitive Surgery, Inc in 2003. From 1993 to 2002, DeVivo was at United States Surgical (USS), a division of Tyco Healthcare, where he held a wide variety of roles, including Vice President and General Manager of the USS/DG Sutures division, VP of global marketing, VP of global R&D and Director of Product Development. He has a B.S. in Marketing and Management from the University of Richmond, Richmond, Va.

"Joe has tremendous experience in the medical technology industry, and his proven track record in managing fast-growing and innovative businesses is an excellent fit for Smith & Nephew," said David Illingworth, Chief Operating Officer of Smith & Nephew. "Joe joins Smith & Nephew's Orthopaedics Reconstruction business at an important stage in its development, following the recently completed acquisition of Plus Orthopedic which has further strengthened our highly competitive product portfolio and extended our global reach."

About us

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business, specializing 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 has 8,800 employees and operates in 31 countries around the world generating annual sales approaching $2.8 billion.

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Source: Smith & Nephew

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