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 News Release - August 28, 2008

Smith & Nephew Advanced Wound Management Appoints Thomas Dugan to Lead North American Business

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 28 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Smith & Nephew's (LSE: SN ; NYSE: SNN ) Advanced Wound Management division announced today the appointment of Thomas Dugan as President, North American Business.

Tom Dugan joins Smith & Nephew from SonoSite (Nasdaq: SONO ), where he has served as the Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and US Sales for the last three years. Under his leadership, Sonosite focused its strategy on point-of-care visualization and posted record profits and revenues.

Tom has 27 years of experience in the healthcare industry and has held senior positions in several leading businesses. After joining InterVascular, Inc., a subsidiary of Datascope Corporation in 2001, Tom served as President from 2002 to 2004. He also served as Vice President of Marketing for US Surgical Corporation, a division of Tyco Healthcare from 1999 to 2001, with responsibility for their Auto Suture and USS/D&G Suture businesses. From 1996 to 1999, he headed Business Development for US Surgical during a period of substantial corporate activity. Tom has also held management positions in sales, marketing and international with C.R. Bard and Puritan-Bennett. He began his career at Johnson & Johnson's Critikon division. Tom was a member of the Board of Directors of RITA Medical Systems, Inc. until its acquisition by AngioDynamics, Inc.

Joe Woody, President, Advanced Wound Management, commenting on this appointment said, "Tom brings 27 years of medical device industry experience to this important role, head of our North American business. His broad range of marketing, sales, business development and operations experience will add considerable value to Smith & Nephew's Advanced Wound Management division during an exciting time for our business. I am delighted to welcome this accomplished executive to my team."

Tom Dugan will be a member of the Advanced Wound management Global Executive team, reporting to Joe Woody.

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. 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 nearly $3.4 billion.

Source: Smith & Nephew

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