Welch Allyn Aligns Business Units With Global Customer Segments, Positions for International Growth

    Company announces new vision that focuses on core competencies, new
opportunities to create value

    SKANEATELES FALLS, N.Y., October 8 /CNW/ - Welch Allyn, Inc., a leading
global manufacturer of frontline medical products and solutions, today
announced it has realigned the company around global customer segments as part
of a new strategic plan that focuses on addressing the changing needs of
physicians, nurses, allied professionals and their patients.

    In making the announcement, the company also said it will increase its
global reach by developing customer-focused solutions for growing and emerging
markets outside the United States and leveraging technology with the talent
and experience of its workforce to pursue leadership in innovation.

    "Welch Allyn's opportunity to achieve growth is greater than it has ever
been," explained Welch Allyn president and CEO Julie Shimer. "The new
strategic plan is our roadmap for the future. It capitalizes on our rich
history of innovation and positions us to deliver the kinds of leading-edge
solutions our customers are demanding."

    In addition, she said the company will be organized around two
geographies--led by executive vice president and president, US and Canada,
Steve Meyer, and executive vice president and president, International, Louise
McDonald. Al DiRienzo was named senior vice president and chief science and
technology officer, Scott Gucciardi was appointed senior vice president,
Global Category Management and R&D, and Doug Linquest was named executive vice
president, Strategy and Business Development.

    Shimer explained that the structure of the new organization will assure
focus, efficiency and effectiveness in executing against the new strategy. She
said business remains strong, and the company is in a good position to make
these investments now in order to ensure its health and competitiveness in the
years ahead. Shimer explained that Welch Allyn products are designed with ease
of use, safety and efficiency in mind, and that they will make a lasting,
positive improvement on the way caregivers interact with their patients.

    "Like any successful business we need to set long-term goals and
objectives and execute against them in order to remain competitive," Shimer
said. "Our new, customer-focused strategic plan is intended to guide the
Company in how it will serve its customers well and to achieve stronger
growth, improve focus and execution, and increase operational efficiency now
and into the future."

    About Welch Allyn

    Founded in 1915 and headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, New York (USA),
Welch Allyn is a leading global manufacturer of medical diagnostic equipment
and a complete range of digital and connected solutions. With over 2,300
employees working in 17 different countries, Welch Allyn specializes in
helping doctors, nurses, and other frontline practitioners across the globe
provide the best patient care by developing innovative products, breakthrough
technologies, and cutting edge solutions that help them see more patients,
detect more conditions, and improve more lives. More information about Welch
Allyn and its complete line of connected products and solutions may be found
at www.welchallyn.com.

For further information:

For further information: Welch Allyn, Inc. Jamie Arnold, APR Public
Relations Manager 315-685-4599 arnoldj@welchallyn.com

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