Paul Connolly

President of Global Operations at Smith+Nephew

Paul Connolly joined Smith+Nephew on 11 October 2021 with responsibility for Global Manufacturing and Engineering, Global Supply Chain, Global Procurement, and Global Operational Strategy and Transformation. Paul is based in Andover, US.

Prior to joining Smith+Nephew, Paul was Vice President of Global Manufacturing Strategy for The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company where he led footprint and capital planning to drive performance and return on investment. Previously, Paul was based in Brussels, Belgium, leading Operations for Goodyear EMEA. He is a proven customer-centric and people-focused leader who brings more than 30 years’ of global manufacturing and supply chain experience at multinational companies, including DePuy, Inc., and other Johnson & Johnson family companies. Paul had a successful 20-year career at Johnson & Johnson in progressively senior roles in engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, global operations and business services. He has a strong track record in delivering operational excellence and transformation programmes.

Paul holds an undergraduate degree in Engineering and a master’s degree in Manufacturing Management, both from the University of Ulster, and a Diploma in Management Studies from Henley Management College.


  • President of Global Operations

    Current role

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