MURRAY HILL, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 16, 2005--C. R. Bard,
Inc. (NYSE:BCR) today announced that, at its August board meeting,
Tommy G. Thompson was elected to its board of directors. Thompson is
the former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and is
currently a partner in the Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP law
firm, independent chairman of the Deloitte Center for Health Care
Management and Transformation and president of Logistics Health Inc.
Secretary Thompson was elected to the Wisconsin state Assembly in
1966, becoming Assembly minority leader in 1981. He was elected
governor of Wisconsin in 1986, and was serving a fourth term in 2001
when President Bush appointed him to the post of HHS secretary. Under
his leadership, HHS modernized the Medicare program - adding
prescription drug coverage for beneficiaries - and reformed the
welfare program. As secretary, Thompson was also active in the
development of the U.S. response to the threat of bioterrorism and in
the fight against AIDS, and other diseases. He currently serves as the
honorary chairman of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and
"Having served as the nation's leading advocate for the health and
welfare of all Americans, Tommy Thompson brings a very unique and
valuable perspective to our board," said Bard Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer, Timothy M. Ring. "We look forward to working with
him in the coming years."
Secretary Thompson received both a Bachelor of Science degree and
a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a former
chairman of the National Governors Association, the Education
Commission of the States and the Midwestern Governors Conference. He
has received numerous awards for his public service, including the
Horatio Alger Award.
C. R. Bard, Inc. (www.crbard.com), headquartered in Murray Hill,
NJ, is a leading multinational developer, manufacturer and marketer of
innovative, life-enhancing medical technologies in the fields of
vascular, urology, oncology and surgical specialty products.
CONTACT: C. R. Bard, Inc.
Eric J. Shick, 908-277-8413
Government and Public Relations:
Holly P. Glass, 703-754-2848
SOURCE: C. R. Bard, Inc.