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Bristol-Myers Squibb Board Elects James M. Cornelius Chairman of the Board
Date:2/12/2008

18 months as CEO, I have been deeply impressed by the commitment and dedication of our employees to our mission and goals, and the strong belief they share with me in the promise of Bristol-Myers Squibb as a BioPharma leader for the future. We're now embarking together on an exciting transformation aimed at making this company better able to deliver superior value to shareholders while also helping more people prevail over serious disease.

"I'm also honored to be succeeding Jim Robinson as chairman. Jim's long and distinguished tenure on our Board has been characterized by many successes and achievements. He came to the chairmanship during a challenging period in our company's recent past, moving quickly to restore confidence, build trust and inspire belief in the importance of our mission and the tremendous opportunities ahead. He has been a trusted advisor and a friend, and I'm grateful for the confidence he has shown in me and in our management team as we move forward."

Prior to coming to Bristol-Myers Squibb, Mr. Cornelius served as chairman emeritus of the Guidant Board of Directors upon closing of its merger into Boston Scientific in April 2006. Previously he had been chairman and CEO during the merger process and was responsible for the company's initial public offering and subsequent split-off from Eli Lilly and Company in 1995.

Mr. Cornelius was a member of the Board of Directors of Eli Lilly, a member of its Executive Committee and chief financial officer from 1983 to 1995. From 1980 to 1982, he served as president and CEO of IVAC Corporation, previously an Eli Lilly subsidiary. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and attended Michigan State University, where he earned a BA magna cum laude in accounting in 1965 and an MBA in 1967.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company is a global biopharmaceutical and related health care products company whose mission is to extend and enhance human life.


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