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 News Release - October 8, 2007

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.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--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

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