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Michael L. Eskew Elected to Lilly Board of Directors
Date:2/19/2008

Company Also Announces That George M.C. Fisher Will Retire from the Lilly

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INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Board of Directors of Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) has elected Michael L. Eskew, former chairman and chief executive officer of United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS), as a new member, effective February 18, 2008. Eskew will stand for election by the shareholders at the 2008 annual meeting in April.

Eskew, who served as chairman and chief executive officer of UPS from January, 2002 until December, 2007, brings over 35 years of global corporate management experience to the Lilly board.

"We are very pleased to welcome Mike Eskew to the Lilly board," said Sidney Taurel, Lilly chairman and chief executive officer. "His extensive management experiences and his outstanding track record of leadership in a customer-centered organization such as UPS ideally suit him to provide guidance and oversight to Lilly as it transforms itself into a truly patient- centered enterprise. Mike's experience as a board member of other leading American companies will also serve our company well."

Eskew, 58, began his UPS career in 1972 as an industrial engineering manager. After several global assignments with increasing responsibility, he was named corporate vice president for industrial engineering in 1993. In 1996 he became group vice president for engineering, and in 1998, he was elected to the UPS Board of Directors. In 1999, Eskew was named executive vice president and a year later was given the additional title of vice chairman. Eskew serves as a trustee of The UPS Foundation and as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Annie E. Casey Foundation. He also serves
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