Directorate Change

RNS Number : 8697S
Smith (DS) PLC
27 May 2009

DS Smith Plc

Board change

DS Smith is pleased to announcethat George Adams, a Non-Executive Director of DS Smith PlcsinceJanuary 2008,will becomeChief Executive of Spicers, its Office Products Wholesaling Divisionwith effect from 16 June 2009.

As a result of this appointment, George steppeddown from the DS SmithPlc Boardon 26 May 2009.

George takes over as Chief Executive of Spicers from Rob Vale, whorelinquished this positionin March 2009.

George was, until March 2008,MD European Development and CEOUKTrade for Kingfisher plc. Since then,George hasbeen working throughoutEuropewith a number of privately owned companies.

Tony Thorne, Group Chief Executive of DS Smith Plc commented: 'George brings with him to Spicers not only a wealth ofrelevant business experience both in theUKandcontinentalEuropebut also agoodunderstanding of theSpicers business. Georgehas made astrong contribution to the Board.I am very confident that he will drive the Spicers business forward andI very muchlook forward to working with him in his new role.'


Notes to Editors

DS Smith Plc is an international group with two main activities - packaging and office products wholesaling.

Spicers is the number one European wholesaler of office products and has leading positions in each of theUK,Ireland,Franceand theBeneluxregion. It is building its position in continental Europe with development businesses inGermany,SpainandItaly. Spicers provides a wholesaling service to its customer base of office products dealers and resellers, who principally supply smaller and medium-sized offices. Spicers'revenue for the year to30 April 2008was £644.9m with an adjusted operating profit of £20.1m.

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