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Date:3/15/2010

DUBLIN, March 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPGY), the global specialty biopharmaceutical company, announces the appointment of Bill Burns to its Board as a Non Executive Director with immediate effect. Mr Burns has also been appointed a member of Shire's Remuneration Committee.

Mr Burns has a long and distinguished career in the global pharmaceuticals industry, having worked for many years for Roche; most recently as CEO of their Pharmaceuticals Division and as a member of the Roche Group Corporate Executive Committee. He has extensive experience of international pharmaceuticals and of mergers and acquisitions. Among his many achievements during his time with Roche, he had significant involvement in the acquisition and privatisation of Genentech, he led the integration of Boehringer Mannheim Therapeutics and he played a lead role in the negotiations resulting in Roche becoming a majority owner of Chugai in Japan.

Mr Burns retired from Roche in January this year. He was appointed on 2 March 2010 to be a member of the Board of Directors of Roche Holdings Ltd. Mr Burns is also on the Board of Directors of Chugai Pharmaceuticals and of Genentech Inc.


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