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 News Release - January 16, 2007

Welch Allyn Appoints Julie A. Shimer, Ph.D., President and CEO

SKANEATELES FALLS, N.Y.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Welch Allyn, a leading manufacturer of frontline medical products and solutions, today announced it has appointed Julie Shimer, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer, effective March 5, 2007. Shimer was formerly president and CEO of Vocera Communications, Inc., a leading wireless communications company based in Cupertino, Calif. She has been a member of Welch Allyn's board of directors since 2002.

"Ms. Shimer's appointment as president and CEO of Welch Allyn completes a thorough and rigorous search to identify the best possible leader for Welch Allyn, now and into the future," said Dr. Andrew G. Wallace, Chairman of Welch Allyn's board of directors. "Ms. Shimer knows and understands our products and markets and is an excellent fit with the values that have been the cornerstone of Welch Allyn for over 92 years. She has been a tremendous resource to the board, and we are excited to have someone with her experience and skills lead the company."

"Having served on Welch Allyn's board of directors for the last five years, I am very passionate about this company and excited to be part of its future growth and success," said Shimer. "I am looking forward to working with the board and management team to build upon Welch Allyn's history of innovation and achievements in the healthcare industry."

Since 2001, Shimer has served as president and CEO of Vocera Communications, which provides wireless communications systems enabling instant voice communication among mobile workers for companies, including hospitals requiring enhanced customer service and productivity. Shimer has also held executive positions at 3Com Corporation, Motorola, AT&T Bell Laboratories and Bethlehem Steel Company.

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, Welch Allyn employs more than 2,300 people and has numerous manufacturing, sales, and distribution facilities located throughout the world. For more information, please call 800-535-6663 or visit

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