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Shire plc: Board Changes
Date:12/13/2007

rong returns for shareholders, with the company's market capitalisation rising from GBP1.7 billion in March 2003 to its current GBP6.6 billion. Matt will make an excellent non-executive Chairman and we are delighted that he will continue to play an important part in Shire's continued success.

"Angus will make a strong Chief Executive and has both considerable experience of Shire and the pharmaceutical industry in general. He, with Matt, has been instrumental in guiding Shire's successful development and creating such good returns for shareholders. Maintaining continuity for a successful specialty biopharmaceutical company in a dynamic industry will we believe protect and develop the Company and future returns to shareholders."

Matthew Emmens commented:

"I would like to thank Dr Cavanaugh for his guidance over many years at Shire. During the time we have worked together, Shire has made great progress. I am delighted at the prospect of becoming non-executive Chairman of the Group and supporting Angus in his new role, for which he is very well qualified. The support of David Kappler will also prove invaluable. Shire has a clear strategy, a differentiated pharmaceutical business model and is well positioned to take advantage of the many opportunities in its markets. To date, the success of this strategy is demonstrated by a strong performance, reflected in our recently announced upgraded guidance for revenue growth for 2007."

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Shire's strategic goal is to become the leading specialty biopharmaceutical company that focuses on meeting the needs of the specialist physician. Shire focuses its business on attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), human genetic therapies (HGT), gastrointestinal (GI) and renal diseases. The structure is sufficiently flexible to allow Shire to target new therapeutic areas to the extent opportunities arise through acquisitions. Shire's in-licensing, merger and acquisi
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