Hill-Rom Announces Executive Appointments

BATESVILLE, Ind., April 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Hill-Rom (NYSE: HRC) today announced the appointment of three executive officers. Alejandro Infante has been named Senior Vice President and President, International, Susan R. Lichtenstein has been named Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, and Phillip Settimi, M.D., has been named Senior Vice President Global Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer. All three appointments will be effective in early May.

Infante spent more than 25 years with Hospira and Abbott serving in a number of executive positions, including President of the Americas, General Manager International Operations and Regional Director Latin America for Hospira. He also served as General Manager for Mexico and for Poland while at Abbott. Infante is a native of Mexico where he earned his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana. At Hill-Rom, Infante will be responsible for the company’s commercial operations outside of North America.

Lichtenstein most recently served as Corporate Vice President and General Counsel at Baxter International, a position she held since 2005. Before joining Baxter, Lichtenstein served as General Counsel for Tellabs and Ameritech, held senior positions for both the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois, and was a partner with Schiff Harden & Waite in Chicago. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law. At Hill-Rom, Lichtenstein will be responsible for legal matters, quality assurance, regulatory affairs, government affairs and corporate communications.

Settimi joins Hill-Rom from Hospira, where he was Vice President Global Marketing for Hospira’s medical device business. Settimi previously worked for General Electric’s Healthcare business, serving in a number of marketing and strategy roles. Settimi has an undergraduate degree in economics, a master’s degree in biomedical engineering and a Doctor of Medicine, all from the University of Michigan. Settimi will have responsibility for the company’s corporate strategy, global marketing and product portfolio strategies for all of the company’s businesses.

“I am pleased to have three individuals of this caliber join the Hill-Rom executive team,” said John J. Greisch, Hill-Rom’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Each of them brings a unique background and experience to Hill-Rom and will strengthen our capabilities as we pursue our growth strategy as a global medical equipment company.”


Hill-Rom is a leading worldwide manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and related services for the health care industry, including patient support systems, safe mobility and handling solutions, non-invasive therapeutic products for a variety of acute and chronic medical conditions, medical equipment rentals and information technology solutions. Hill-Rom’s comprehensive product and service offerings are used by health care providers across the health care continuum and around the world in hospitals, extended care facilities and home care settings to enhance the safety and quality of patient care.

Hill-Rom…enhancing outcomes for patients and their caregivers.


Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release contain forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, regarding the Company’s future plans, objectives, beliefs, expectations, representations and projections. The Company has tried, wherever possible, to identify these forward-looking statements using words such as “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “plan,” “encourage,” “expect,” “may,” “goal,” “become,” “pursue,” “estimate,” “strategy,” “will,” “projection,” “forecast,” “continue,” “accelerate,” “promise,” “increase,” “higher,” “lower,” “reduce,” “improve,” “expand,” “progress,” “potential” or the negative of those terms or other variations of them or by comparable terminology. The absence of such terms, however, does not mean that the statement is not forward-looking. It is important to note that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and the Company’s actual results could differ materially from those set forth in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from forward-looking statements include but are not limited to: the Company’s dependence on its relationships with several large group purchasing organizations, whether the Company’s new products are successful in the marketplace, impacts of healthcare reform, compliance with federal healthcare programs, collections of accounts receivable, compliance with FDA regulations, antitrust litigation, potential exposure to product liability or other claims, failure of the Company’s announced or future strategic initiatives and restructuring and realignment activities to achieve expected growth, efficiencies or cost reductions, adverse consequences resulting from the spin-off of the funeral services business, failure of the Company to execute its acquisition and business alliance strategy through the consummation and successful integration of acquisitions or entry into joint ventures or other business alliances, increased costs or unavailability of raw materials, adverse changes in global economic conditions or disruptions of credit markets, labor disruptions, the ability to retain executive officers and other key personnel, liquidity of auction rate securities, and certain tax-related matters. For a more in depth discussion of these and other factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in forward-looking statements, see the discussions under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s previously filed Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended September 30, 2009, and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2009, previously filed. The Company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.


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