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 News Release - March 17, 2008

Zimmer Holdings, Inc. Adds Robert Hagemann and Cecil Pickett to Board of Directors

WARSAW, Ind., March 17 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Zimmer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZMH ; SWX: ZMH ), a leader in the orthopaedics industry, announced today that Robert A. Hagemann, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX ), and Cecil B. Pickett, Ph.D., President, Research and Development and member of the board of directors of Biogen Idec Inc. (Nasdaq: BIIB ), have been appointed to its Board of Directors.

"We are delighted that these two distinguished health care business leaders have agreed to join our Board of Directors," said John McGoldrick, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "Bob's financial acumen and Cecil's scientific record will be of great value as we work with management to set Zimmer's course and to implement our strategy."

The initial term of each new director will expire at the 2008 annual meeting of stockholders. Each will be included as a nominee for re-election at the meeting. The Board expects to determine the appointment of the new members to its standing committees following the annual meeting of stockholders.

Robert A. Hagemann has served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Quest Diagnostics since August 1998, and was appointed Senior Vice President and CFO in November 2003. Mr. Hagemann joined a predecessor company, Corning Life Sciences, Inc., a subsidiary of Quest's former parent, Corning Incorporated, in 1992, and held a variety of senior financial positions before being named Vice President and Corporate Controller of Quest in 1996. Prior to joining Corning, Mr. Hagemann was employed by Prime Hospitality, Inc. and Crompton & Knowles, Inc. in senior financial positions. He was also previously employed by Arthur Young & Co., a predecessor firm to Ernst & Young. Mr. Hagemann holds a B.S. in Accounting from Rider University and an M.B.A. in finance from Seton Hall University.

Cecil B. Pickett, Ph.D., has served as President, Research and Development and a member of the board of directors of Biogen Idec Inc. since September 2006. Prior to joining Biogen Idec, Dr. Pickett held several senior R&D positions, most recently as a Corporate Senior Vice President of Schering Plough Corp. and President of Schering-Plough Research Institute. Prior to joining Schering-Plough, he held several senior R&D positions at Merck & Co. Dr. Pickett received his B.Sc. in biology from California State University at Hayward and his Ph.D. in cell biology from the University of California at Los Angeles. Dr. Pickett is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

About the Company

Founded in 1927 and headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana, Zimmer is a worldwide leader in designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing orthopaedic reconstructive, spinal and trauma devices, dental implants, and related orthopaedic surgical products. Zimmer has operations in more than 25 countries around the world and sells products in more than 100 countries. Zimmer's 2007 sales were approximately $3.9 billion. The Company is supported by the efforts of more than 7,500 employees worldwide.

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