Smiths Group announces Steve Williams to join its Board as Independent Director and Chair Designate

– UK, London –  Smiths Group plc (LON: SMIN) today announced the appointment of Steve Williams to its Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair Designate effective on 1 September 2023, to succeed Sir George Buckley who will retire from the Board on the AGM in November 2023.

Sir George Buckley, Chair, said: “I am pleased to welcome Steve to the Board of Smiths, and I wish him, the Company, and our people every future success. It has been a privilege to serve as Chair, and I look forward to watching this special company continue to flourish in the future.”

About Steve Williams

With over 40 years of global business experience, Steve Williams is currently the Chair of Alcoa Corporation, (NYSE: AA) and a non-executive director of Enbridge Inc (TSX: ENB). Steve was an executive at Suncor Energy for 17 years across several senior roles including CEO, CFO, and COO. Born in the UK, with a degree in engineering, Steve spent the first 18 years of his career at ExxonMobil in the UK in a variety of commercial, operational, and technical roles. Steve brings a clear focus on ESG and has a strong track record of creating value for customers, shareholders, employees, and communities as both an executive and a non-executive director.

Steve Williams said: “It is an honor to be joining Smiths’ Board and to be appointed as its next Chair. Smiths is an exciting and iconic business. I look forward to working with Paul, Clare, and the rest of the Board to help deliver on our strategic goals of growth, execution, and people, enabling Smiths to reach our significant potential.”

Steve Williams is an experienced CEO with a growth and transformation track record. He has more than 40 years of international global business experience. He served as CEO of Suncor Energy from 2012 to 2019 and as President from 2011 to 2018. Before that, he held senior leadership roles at Suncor and ExxonMobil in the UK, where he spent 18 years.

Steve is currently a non-executive Chair of Alcoa Corporation, (NYSE: AA) and a non-executive director of Enbridge Inc (TSX: ENB). He was previously a non-executive director at TC Energy Corporation (TSX: TRP).

Steve served as an advisory board member of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission and a board member of the Business Council of Canada until 2019.

He has a BSc in engineering from Exeter University.

About Smiths Group

For over 170 years, Smiths Group has been pioneering progress by improving the world through smarter engineering. We serve millions of people annually to help create a safer, more efficient, and better-connected world across four major global markets: Energy, General Industry, Security & Defence, and Aerospace. Listed on the London Stock Exchange, Smiths employs c.14,600 colleagues in over 50 countries.


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