WH Smith PLC SMWH Board Changes

  WH Smith PLC (SMWH) - Board Changes

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WH Smith PLC
22 November 2012

22 November 2012

                                BOARD CHANGES


WH Smith PLC today announces the appointment of Annemarie Durbin as a
Non-Executive Director and the retirement of Mike Ellis as a Non-Executive

WHSmith announces that Annemarie Durbinwill join the Board as a Non-Executive
Director with effect from 3 December 2012.

Annemarie Durbin has excellent international experience and a good
understanding of the consumer retail environment. She is currently Group Head
of Corporate Governance, Property, Environment and Security at Standard
Chartered PLC. Other than as set out in this announcement there are no
further disclosures required in respect of Annemarie Durbin under paragraph
9.6.13 of the Listing Rules.

WHSmith also announces that Mike Ellis who has served as a Non-Executive
Director for nearly eight years is retiring from the Board at the Company's
Annual General Meeting on 23 January 2013 and will not be seeking re-election.

WHSmith's Chairman, Walker Boyd said:

"We are delighted to welcome Annemarie Durbin on to the Board of WH
Smith.With her 20 years of international retail and commercial banking
experience, Annemarie will be a valuable member of the Board.

"On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Mike for his significant
contribution to the Group.He leaves with our thanks and good wishes for the

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WH Smith PLC

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Notes to Editor:

Annemarie joined Standard Chartered in 1995. She has held senior roles in
Wholesale Banking, including Head of Financial Institutions for Europe and
Africa, and had global responsibility for the Development Organisation client
segment. Annemarie has held Consumer Banking head roles in the Philippines
and Thailand and has been Chief Executive Officer in both countries. Since
returning to the UK in 2006, Annemarie has held a number of group support
function roles including Head of Resourcing and Reward (within Human
Resources) and Group Head of Corporate Affairs. Annemarie was appointed Group
Company Secretary and Group Head of Secretariat in 2007. In February 2012
this role expanded to cover the Group's Corporate Real Estate Services
function. Age 49.


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