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Multimedia Available: Bard Board Approves Succession Plan: Timothy M. Ring to Succeed William H. Longfield as Chairman and CEO

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C. R. Bard, Inc. (NYSE:BCR) today announced that its Board of Directors has elected Timothy M. Ring to succeed William H. Longfield as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 8, 2003. Longfield will continue to serve as Chairman and Chief Executive until his retirement on August 7, 2003.

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Scott Lowry
Vice President and Treasurer
C. R. Bard, Inc.
730 Central Avenue
Murray Hill, NJ 07974

Tel: 908-277-8365