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 News Release - April 12, 2007

Hill-Rom Names Richard Mussmann Vice President, Global Product Development & Chief Technology Officer

New position underscores commitment to accelerate new product development

BATESVILLE, Ind., April 12 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Hill-Rom, the health care unit of Hillenbrand Industries, Inc., (NYSE: HB ), announced that Richard Mussmann has been named Vice President, Global Product Development and Chief Technology Officer. The creation of this new role reinforces the strategic focus by Hill-Rom on research, development and innovation and furthers the company's growth strategy communicated previously.

"Rich's understanding of technology platforms combined with his broad- based technical expertise in many engineering areas will be invaluable in helping us continue to build a world-class product development capability," said Peter H. Soderberg, CEO and president of Hillenbrand Industries and Hill- Rom.

"I consider it an honor and a privilege to join the Hill-Rom team," said Mussmann. "I am eager to lead our R&D efforts to engage and explore innovative new technologies that can be applied towards providing better outcomes for patients and their caregivers."

With significant experience in innovation and product development in the medical technology business, Mussmann has served in key leadership roles with some of the best companies in the industry. His most recent position was Vice President, Global Infusion Systems R&D, at Baxter Healthcare. Before that he served as Vice President, Arrhythmia Management Research & Business Development at Medtronic. Previously he had worked in a key product development role at Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon Endo-Surgical unit.

Mussmann holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.


Hillenbrand Industries is organized into two operating companies serving the health care and funeral services industries.

Hill-Rom is a leading worldwide manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and related services for the health care industry, including patient support systems, non-invasive therapeutic products for a variety of acute and chronic medical conditions, medical equipment rentals, and workflow information technology solutions. Hill-Rom's comprehensive product and service offerings are used by health care providers across the health care continuum in hospitals, extended care facilities and home care settings to enhance the safety and quality of patient care.

Batesville Casket Company is a leader in the North American death care industry through the sale of funeral services products, including burial caskets, cremation caskets, containers and urns, selection room display fixturing and other personalization and memorialization products.

Source: Hill-Rom

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