14 June 2006

Smiths Group appoints new non-executive director

SMITHS Group plc announces the appointment of Sir Kevin Tebbit, KCB, CMG as a non-executive director with effect from today.

Sir Kevin enjoyed a distinguished career serving widely in policy, management and finance posts in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, NATO and finally the Ministry of Defence where he was Permanent Under-Secretary of State from July 1998 to his retirement in November 2005.

Donald Brydon, Chairman, Smiths Group plc said: Sir Kevin brings a depth of experience acquired during his exceptional career in public service, both at home and abroad, which will be of great benefit to the Board. I am delighted that he will be joining as a director. Smiths is a global business and I am certain that Sir Kevin will make an important contribution.  

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