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BD Board of Directors Elects Vincent A. Forlenza as Next Chief Executive Officer, Effective October 1, 2011
Date:7/26/2011

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, today announced that, in accordance with its long-term succession planning, it has elected Vincent A. Forlenza as Chief Executive Officer and President, effective October 1, 2011. Mr. Forlenza will also become a member of the Board at that time. Also effective October 1, current BD Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Edward J. Ludwig will serve as executive Chairman of the Board through June 2012.

"This change in leadership is the result of the Board's focus on succession planning that began in 2008 as part of our corporate governance practices," said Henry P. Becton, Jr., BD's Lead Director.  "The selection of an excellent internal candidate to replace Ed demonstrates the strength of executive leadership development at BD."

Mr. Forlenza, 58, 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 (BD Medical, BD Diagnostics and BD Biosciences) as well as in strategy development and overseas roles. He was named Executive Vice President in 2006 and President in 2009; he assumed the additional role of Chief Operating Officer in July 2010.

"Over the last 30 years, Vince has distinguished himself as a leader. He has an outstanding track record running businesses, international operations, technology and business development," said Mr. Ludwig. "His broad array of achievements has prepared and eminently qualified him to lead BD to the next level as the Company continues its journey to greatness."

Mr. Ludwig, 60, joined BD in 1979. He became President in May 1999, Chief Executive Officer in January 2000 and Chairman in February 20
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