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Board To Commence Search for Successor;
Appoints J. Robert Hurley Interim President and CEO;
Lead Independent Director Glenn S. Schafer Appointed Non-executive Chairman of the Board
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Beckman Coulter, Inc. (NYSE: BEC), a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of products that simplify, automate, and innovate complex biomedical testing, today announced that Scott Garrett has resigned as Chairman, President and CEO, effective September 6, 2010. Garrett will continue as a full-time non-executive employee of the company through January 15, 2011, focusing his attention on aiding the Board of Directors during this transition.
The Board appointed J. Robert Hurley interim President and CEO, effective September 6, 2010, and will initiate a search for a successor. Hurley, who has served as the company's senior vice president, human resources and chairman of Beckman Coulter Japan, joined the company in 2005, and most recently led the successful integration of the Olympus acquisition. Prior to joining Beckman Coulter, he was an executive with Baxter International, leading its operations in Asia for more than 8 years.
Glenn S. Schafer, lead independent director, was appointed by the Board to the post of Non-executive Chairman.
Garrett said, "Over the past eight years, five of them as CEO, I've had the pleasure and privilege to lead the company through many significant improvements. Today, the company continues making good progress, even in a very challenging environment. I am proud of all the employees at Beckman Coulter and believe the Company is positioned to achieve its long term potential."
Schafer said, "The Board appreciates Scott's contributions to the company's success. We are pleased that Bob Hurley has agreed to step in on an interim basis. We remain confident in and supportive of the company's management team and are committed to our strategy of leadership in biomedical testing and superior customer service. Our initiatives to address previously disclosed quality issues are proceeding and we are continuing to invest in opportunities to build shareholder value and further strengthen our ability to meet the needs of our customers."
About Beckman Coulter, Inc.
Beckman Coulter, Inc., based in Orange County, California, develops, manufactures and markets products that simplify, automate and innovate complex biomedical tests. More than 200,000 Beckman Coulter systems operate in laboratories around the world, supplying critical information for improving patient health and reducing the cost of care. Recurring revenue, consisting of consumable supplies (including reagent test kits), service and operating-type lease payments, represent about 80 per cent of the company's 2009 revenue of $3.3 billion. For more information, visit www.beckmancoulter.com.
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