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BD Announces Executive Appointments of President and Chief Financial Officer
Date:11/5/2008

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX) today announced the appointment of Vincent A. Forlenza as President, effective January 1, 2009, and David V. Elkins as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective December 1, 2008.

Mr. Forlenza will report to Edward J. Ludwig, who will remain as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Elkins will also report to Mr. Ludwig. John R. Considine will remain as Vice Chairman.

As President, Mr. Forlenza will oversee BD's three business segments (BD Medical, BD Diagnostics and BD Biosciences), International and the Quality function. He will continue to be a member of the Office of the CEO, along with Vice Chairman John Considine, Executive Vice Presidents Gary Cohen, John Hanson and William Kozy, and David Elkins, who will join the Office of the CEO.

"Vince has a long track record of success at BD, and he has played a critical role in developing and implementing BD's strategy and vision," said Ed Ludwig. "His new role is representative of his leadership, commitment and dedication to ensuring the ongoing and future success of the Company."

Mr. Forlenza, 55, joined BD in 1980. His BD career has spanned strategic planning, marketing, general management of several business units and executive leadership. His prior roles include service in all three business segments, including service as General Manager, Hypodermic - Europe; President, Becton Dickinson Microbiology Systems; Senior Vice President, Technology, Strategy and Development; and President, BD Biosciences. He was named Executive Vice President in 2006 and was most recently responsible for leading BD Diagnostics.

Mr. Forlenza obtained his
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