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Monday 20 December, 2004

GKN PLC

Directorate Change


20th December 2004

John Sheldrick joins the Board of GKN

GKN plc announces the appointment of John Sheldrick as a Non-Executive Director
with effect from 20th December 2004.

John Sheldrick (aged 55) is currently the Group Finance Director of Johnson
Matthey Plc, a post to which he was appointed in September 1990. Prior to
joining Johnson Matthey in 1990 he was Group Treasurer of The BOC Group plc. He
was also a Non-Executive Director of API Group Plc from 1995 to 2003. He has an
MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MSc in Management
Sciences from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
He is a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and a Fellow of the
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Roy Brown, Chairman of GKN plc, said 'John Sheldrick is a valuable addition to
the Board. His wide ranging experience of international business and its
financial aspects will provide significant expertise to both the Board and to
the Audit Committee'.

There are no other matters to be disclosed under paragraph 16.4 of the Listing
Rules of the United Kingdom Listing Authority.

Notes to Editors:

GKN is a global engineering group which designs and manufactures complex
products, systems and structures for the world's leading automotive and
aerospace manufacturers. More than 42,000 people work in GKN companies and
joint ventures in more than 30 countries. In 2003 GKN achieved sales of £4.6
billion and £246 million profit before tax, goodwill amortisation and
impairment and exceptional items.