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Chief Financial Officer - Anne-Françoise Nesmes

Appointed on 27 July 2020. Anne-Françoise is based in Watford, UK.

Career and Experience

Anne-Françoise holds an MA degree in Management Sciences from Grenoble Ecole de Commerce and an MBA from Henley Management College. She qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1996. Anne-Françoise joined GlaxoSmithKline plc in 1997 where she worked for 16 years, holding multiple senior roles, including Vice President and Finance Controller, Europe (2003-2006), Vice President Forecasting and Planning, US Pharmaceutical (2006-2009) and Senior Vice President Finance, Global Vaccines (2009- 2013). She demonstrates a high level of passion towards life science companies where she has spent the majority of her senior career. AnneFrançoise served as Chief Financial Officer for Dechra Pharmaceuticals plc in 2013 where she successfully implemented financial strategies to support the growth of the business. Most recently, she was Chief Financial Officer of Merlin Entertainments Limited (formerly Merlin Entertainments plc).

Other Current Appointments

  • NED and Chair of the Audit Committee at Compass Group plc.

Skills and Competencies

Anne-Françoise has worked as a senior finance executive in global FTSE listed companies for many years, which alongside a strong business acumen and deep sector knowledge provides her with the experience required to be part of the Smith+Nephew leadership team. She demonstrates a high competency for delivering operational excellence across different geographic markets and leading large teams who are responsible for significant budgets. She has an impressive background and her ability to translate financial insights into results helps guide Smith+Nephew.