Smith & Nephew is looking for a new CEO

Notice of Chief Executive Officer’s intention to retire by end of 2018 (S+N release)

Smith & Nephew plc (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN), the global medical technology business, announces today that Olivier Bohuon, 58, has notified the Board of his intention to retire by the end of 2018, after seven years as Chief Executive Officer. The Board is commencing a search for a successor. In the meantime, Olivier will continue to lead Smith & Nephew and drive the Company’s growth initiatives and operating plans.

Olivier Bohuon, Chief Executive Officer, said:

“Since I joined the Company in 2011, we have transformed Smith & Nephew into a more focused, efficient and innovative business and I am proud of the value we have created for all of our stakeholders. Looking ahead to the next long-term phase of growth, I have decided to announce my retirement plans now, providing ample time to identify a successor and ensure a smooth transition. I am committed to leading the Company in the meantime, as we remain resolutely focused on delivering a solid performance in 2017, while positioning the Company for further success in the future.”

Roberto Quarta, Chairman said:

“On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Olivier for his professional and personal commitment and dedication to Smith & Nephew during his tenure as our CEO. Under Olivier’s leadership Smith & Nephew has undergone important and necessary change and is now a stronger Company. As Smith & Nephew enters its next chapter, the Board is determined to build on this to deliver accelerating growth, improved efficiency and further value for shareholders.”