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Lilly Announces Retirement of Robert Armitage, Names Michael Harrington Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Date:8/30/2012

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced that Michael J. Harrington will be promoted to senior vice president and general counsel effective Jan. 1, 2013.  Harrington will replace Robert A. Armitage who will retire at the end of the year.

Harrington, vice president and deputy general counsel, is currently responsible for the legal function across Lilly's five business units.  In his new role, he will report to John Lechleiter, Ph.D., chairman, president, and CEO, and will serve on the company's executive committee.

Commenting on Armitage's career, Lechleiter stated, "Bob Armitage has left a lasting impact on Lilly and the biopharmaceutical industry with his exceptional contributions, particularly in the field of intellectual property. He also has provided keen insight and extraordinary leadership across a range of business issues affecting our company. It's been an absolute privilege to work with him."

Armitage played a major role in the successful efforts leading to the passage last year of the America Invents Act, which made the most sweeping changes to U.S. patent law in 175 years. In 2011, he became one of a select group of only 47 individuals who have been inducted in the Intellectual Property Hall of Fame, which includes U.S. presidents Jefferson and Madison. Armitage joined Lilly in 1999 as vice president and general patent counsel, Lilly Research Laboratories.  For the last decade, he has led Lilly's global legal organization as the company's general counsel.

Harrington is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Law. He joined the company in 1991 and has served in a number of business and legal positions with Lilly, including managing director of Eli Lilly New Zealand, general counsel for Lilly's Asia-Pacific operations and deputy general counsel with responsibil
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