6th Annual Bringing out the Leaders - Meet the Panelist


About Laura Whitsitt

Senior Vice President, Research & Development Orthopaedics  Smith & Nephew 

Laura Whitsitt serves as Senior Vice President, Research & Development for Smith & Nephew’s Orthopaedics business.  Her responsibilities include Product Development, Research & Technology and Product Support. She has been with Smith & Nephew since 1987, serving in various roles in Research and Development.   

Laura has a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Memphis and has completed Executive Education courses in business at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and at Stanford University.  She is a member of several Boards including the Greater Memphis Chamber, Memphis Research Consortium, New Memphis Board of Governors and the University of Memphis Herff College of Engineering Advisory Board.    

Laura is married to Bob Whitsitt and has three grown children, Rob, Camille and Hannah, as well as three grandbabies.  She is active in her church and the community, with focus on mentoring and educating inner-city youth and refugees.  

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