Welch Allyn Expands Board of Directors



    Five New Appointees Join Existing Members in Corporate Leadership Roles

    SKANEATELES FALLS, N.Y., August 8 /CNW/ - Welch Allyn, a leading
manufacturer of frontline medical products and solutions, today announced that
Larry Buckelew, Barry Wilson, Yvonne Curl, Samir Desai and James Crook, Jr.
have been appointed to its board of directors. The new members will join six
existing directors, including Chairman Andrew Wallace, M.D.; Welch Allyn
president and CEO, Julie Shimer, Ph.D.; Bob Bennett; W. Scott Allyn, M.D.;
Tasha Allyn Given; and Peer Allyn Soderberg, M.D.

    "We're very excited about the recent additions to our board of
directors," said Julie Shimer, president and CEO at Welch Allyn. "Our new
appointees have extensive global business backgrounds in technology,
healthcare, engineering and marketing, which will enhance the depth of
knowledge and experience of our board and will serve as a significant asset to
Welch Allyn."

    Larry Buckelew, former president and CEO of Gambro Healthcare, Inc., has
more than 30 years experience in the healthcare industry. Formerly the
president of TFX Medical Group and president and COO of Sunrise Medical, Inc.,
Buckelew has ample leadership experience, including serving on a variety of
boards--Cymed, Inc., Gambro Healthcare, Inc., Sunrise Medical, Inc., Surgical
Services and Weck Closure Systems.

    Another appointee, Barry Wilson, is currently senior vice president,
international, and executive and operating committee member of Medtronic, Inc.
Additionally, he is a member of Eucomed and AdvaMed's Board of Directors.
Prior to serving at Medtronic, he was the president of American Home Products
Corp. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.'s Europe division. His extensive knowledge
in the healthcare industry is further enhanced from his experience as a member
of Bausch & Lomb, Inc.'s board of directors and, previously, the Mallinckrodt
board prior to its merger with Tyco. Wilson currently serves on the Rezidor
Hotel Group board in Europe.

    Yvonne Curl is the former chief marketing officer for Avaya, Inc., a
communications corporation headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J. Previously,
she worked in a variety of capacities at Xerox Corporation, leaving as the
senior vice president and general manager of the Public Sector Worldwide.
Additionally, Curl's service on the HealthSouth board of directors since 2004,
has given her an accelerated education on the delivery side of healthcare,
which complements her extensive business experience. She also serves on the
Charming Shoppes and Nationwide boards.

    Prior to his appointment to the Board of Directors at Welch Allyn, Samir
Desai was the senior vice president and General Manager of iDen Networks and
Devices, a Motorola business segment. Over the course of his 36-year tenure at
Motorola, Desai has developed a strong engineering and management background.
A member of the Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited board of directors, Desai
will provide leadership and innovation experience to the board.

    James Crook, Jr. was the CEO of IDX Systems Corporation, a healthcare
software and services company that provides products for healthcare
practitioners to automate financial, administrative and patient access
operations, before IDX was acquired by General Electric in 2006. He started
his career with IBM prior to working 25-years with IDX in a number of
executive operating roles. Crook serves as an advisor to the Accel-KKR board
of directors and is active on several non-profit and not-for-profit boards,
including Volunteers in Medicine, Champlain College and Development Associates
International.

    "The board of directors at Welch Allyn plays an integral part in
strategic planning and decision making," added Shimer. "The strength of our
board and depth of expertise has been significantly enhanced by the addition
of these new leaders that come from a broad range of disciplines. We are very
fortunate to have such an experienced and talented group of professionals
serving our organization."

    About Welch Allyn

    Welch Allyn, Inc. was founded in 1915 and is today a leading manufacturer
of innovative medical diagnostic and therapeutic devices, cardiac
defibrillators, patient monitoring systems, and miniature precision lamps.
Headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, New York, USA, Welch Allyn employs more
than 2,300 people and has numerous manufacturing, sales, and distribution
facilities located throughout the world. Additional information on Welch Allyn
and its products may be found at www.welchallyn.com.




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For further information: Welch Allyn Jamie Arnold, 315-685-4599 Public
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