Larry W. Papasan
Larry W. Papasan is the retired President of Smith & Nephew Orthopedics. He joined
Smith & Nephew in July, 1991 as President of the Ortho Division and retired December
31, 2002. During this 11-1/2 year period, the Division grew in sales from $300 million
to $650 million while growing profitability at over 15% per year. Smith & Nephew Orthopedics
is a company with manufacturing in Memphis and Germany. Mr. Papasan was responsible
for Research and Development, Manufacturing, Marketing, Sales and all Administrative
functions of the Company during his 11-1/2 year tenure as President. He then worked
for Smith & Nephew as a Director and Lobbyist until the end of 2005. Prior to joining
Smith & Nephew, he was President of Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division from 1984
until his retirement in 1991. He was employed by MLG&W for 28 years.
Mr. Papasan graduated from Mississippi State University in 1963 with a Bachelor of
Science in Civil Engineering. He has completed numerous professional development courses,
including the American Management Association Management course, Senior Management
course and President’s course.
He has been very active in the Memphis Community and was General Campaign Chairman
of United Way in 1987 and Chairman of the Board from 1990-92, President of Kiwanis
Club and President of Junior Achievement. Currently, he is involved with several organizations,
some of which are BioMimetic Therapeutics, Inc., BioMedical Tissue Technologies, Ltd.
and the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy.
Larry is married and has two grown children and five grandchildren. He is an avid