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Smith & Nephew Endoscopy Names Todd Usen Senior VP, US Sales

ANDOVER, Mass., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Smith & Nephew's (NYSE: SNN;LSE:SN) Endoscopy Division today announced the appointment of Todd Usen as its Senior Vice President of US Sales.

Usen joins Smith & Nephew Endoscopy with more than 20 years experience in the medical device industry, the last 12 at Boston Scientific where he helped build high performing sales teams. Over the last decade, he has served in many leadership roles, most recently as Vice President of Domestic (US) Sales for Boston Scientific's $350 million Neurovascular Division.

He started his career in sales with Kendall Healthcare before moving to Arrow International. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts and is pursuing an MBA from Pepperdine University.

"Throughout Todd's career he has developed a reputation for successfully motivating and managing sales teams and delivering results," said Mike Frazzette, President, Smith & Nephew Endoscopy. "I look forward to Todd's bringing that same skill set to Endoscopy and contributing to our continued leadership in the arthroscopy marketplace."

Contact: Joe Metzger

Vice President, Corporate Communications

Smith & Nephew Endoscopy

(978) 749-1330

About Us

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business, specialising 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 operates in 32 countries around the world. Annual sales in 2006 were nearly $2.8 billion.

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