DUBLIN, July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPGY), the global specialty biopharmaceutical company, announces that Susan Kilsby will join the Board of Directors on September 1st, 2011.  On joining the Board, Ms Kilsby will become a member of the Company's Audit, Compliance & Risk Committee.

In addition, current Board Directors Bill Burns and David Stout will join the Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee respectively with immediate effect.

Susan Kilsby has a distinguished global career in investment banking having held senior positions with The First Boston Corporation, Bankers Trust, Barclays de Zoete Wedd and most recently Credit Suisse where she was Chairman of the EMEA Mergers & Acquisitions team until 2009 and continues in a part-time senior advisory role.

An American national with UK citizenship, Ms Kilsby gained her first degree in Economics at Wellesley College and her MBA at Yale School of Management.

Ms Kilsby has been a non executive director of Hong Kong-listed global skin care company, L'Occitane International S.A. since January 2010.

Shire Chairman, Matt Emmens, comments:

"Susan's impressive experience of investment banking and finance across global markets will be a welcome addition to our Board."

Susan Kilsby adds:

"Shire is a leading light in the pharmaceutical world and has a very exciting future ahead; I'm delighted to have the opportunity to make a contribution to this future and to join such a strong team with diverse backgrounds and knowledge."

There is no further information that is required to be disclosed under 9.6.13R of the UK Listing Rules.

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Shire's strategic goal is to become the leading specialty biopharmaceutical company that focuses on meeting the needs of the specialist physicia