Hillenbrand Industries Names Kenneth Camp to Succeed David Hirt as Batesville Casket Co. President and Chief Executive Officer

Hirt to retire after successful 33-year career and 11 years as Batesville

Casket CEO



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Hillenbrand Industries Inc.

    BATESVILLE, Ind., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Hillenbrand Industries Inc. (NYSE:   HB) President and Chief Executive Officer
 Frederick W. Rockwood and David J. Hirt, president and chief executive officer
 of the Corporation's Batesville Casket Company operating unit today jointly
 announced Hirt's decision to retire effective May 1, 2001. Hillenbrand
 Industries executive and long-time Batesville Casket executive Kenneth A. Camp
 will succeed Hirt as Batesville Casket president and chief executive officer.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010423/CLM013 )
     "No one is as uniquely qualified as Ken to lead Batesville Casket Company
 by building upon the strong foundation created by Dave's leadership and
 dedication to the business," said Rockwood. "His first-hand experience in
 funeral service and a 20-year record of career accomplishments throughout
 Batesville Casket Company will ensure a smooth leadership transition. In
 preparation for this transition, Ken has spent the last year on the
 Hillenbrand Industries executive team developing experience that will serve
 him well as he seeks to align the Batesville Casket organization with our
 Corporation's focus on increasing shareholder value," said Rockwood.
     Prior to his Hillenbrand Industries assignment, Camp served as part of
 Batesville Casket's senior leadership team for 11 years as vice
 president/general manager of Batesville's operations group; vice president,
 sales and service; vice president, marketing; and vice president, strategic
 planning. Camp began his career with Batesville Casket as regional sales
 manager in 1981.
     According to Camp, Batesville's top priorities will be to build on the
 company's strong market position and to develop new approaches to meeting the
 evolving needs of customers.
     "Dave Hirt epitomized the mission of Batesville Casket to be a positive
 force in funeral service," Camp said. "I am personally committed to that same
 mission. I'm also honored to lead a great company with an impressive legacy
 for the continued benefit of associates, customers, families who rely on us,
 and Hillenbrand Industries' shareholders."
     Outgoing president and CEO Dave Hirt, who will continue to serve the
 company as a business consultant, said, "Batesville Casket Company has been an
 important part of my life and I believe Ken has all the skill, experience and
 insight to move the company forward. I will always be proud to be associated
 with funeral service and feel privileged to have been a leader within the
 industry. I hold deep and profound appreciation and respect for funeral
 directors and the important role they serve in helping families. I'm confident
 that Ken brings to his new position that same dedication to our special
 mission."
 
     About Batesville Casket Company
     Batesville Casket Company is the leading manufacturer and supplier of
 burial caskets, cremation products and related services to licensed funeral
 homes. Batesville Casket has been part of helping funeral directors and
 families for more than 100 years. A wholly owned subsidiary of Hillenbrand
 Industries, Inc., Batesville is committed to making every funeral experience
 meaningful.
 
     About Hillenbrand Industries Inc.
     Hillenbrand Industries Inc. (NYSE:   HB), headquartered in Batesville,
 Indiana, is a publicly traded holding company for three major wholly owned
 businesses serving the funeral services and health care industries. All three
 businesses have headquarters in Batesville, Indiana.
     The company's Funeral Services Group consists of two businesses:
 Batesville Casket Company and Forethought Financial Services Inc., the leading
 provider of insurance and trust-based financial products and services for pre-
 planning funeral services.
     Hillenbrand Industries' Health Care Group consists of the Hill-Rom Company
 Inc., a leader in the worldwide health care community providing sales,
 rentals, service and support for products including beds, therapy surfaces,
 stretchers, infant warmers, incubators, furniture, communication systems,
 surgical columns, medical gas management systems, modular headwalls, lighting
 systems and operating room equipment.
 
     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 by using words such as
 "priorities," "develop," and "seeks," but their absence does not mean that the
 statement is not forward-looking. Forward-looking statements include
 statements regarding increasing shareholder value; building on the company's
 strong market position; and developing new approaches to meet evolving needs
 of customers. It is important to note that the Company's actual results could
 differ materially from those in any such forward-looking statements. They are
 not guarantees of future performance. Factors that could cause actual results
 to differ include but are not limited to: a downturn in the general business
 and economic conditions of the Company's customers, a decrease in death rates,
 and whether the Company's new products are successful in the marketplace. The
 Company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking
 statements. Readers should also refer to the various disclosures made by the
 Company in the Company's periodic reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K filed
 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
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    BATESVILLE, Ind., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Hillenbrand Industries Inc. (NYSE:   HB) President and Chief Executive Officer
 Frederick W. Rockwood and David J. Hirt, president and chief executive officer
 of the Corporation's Batesville Casket Company operating unit today jointly
 announced Hirt's decision to retire effective May 1, 2001. Hillenbrand
 Industries executive and long-time Batesville Casket executive Kenneth A. Camp
 will succeed Hirt as Batesville Casket president and chief executive officer.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010423/CLM013 )
     "No one is as uniquely qualified as Ken to lead Batesville Casket Company
 by building upon the strong foundation created by Dave's leadership and
 dedication to the business," said Rockwood. "His first-hand experience in
 funeral service and a 20-year record of career accomplishments throughout
 Batesville Casket Company will ensure a smooth leadership transition. In
 preparation for this transition, Ken has spent the last year on the
 Hillenbrand Industries executive team developing experience that will serve
 him well as he seeks to align the Batesville Casket organization with our
 Corporation's focus on increasing shareholder value," said Rockwood.
     Prior to his Hillenbrand Industries assignment, Camp served as part of
 Batesville Casket's senior leadership team for 11 years as vice
 president/general manager of Batesville's operations group; vice president,
 sales and service; vice president, marketing; and vice president, strategic
 planning. Camp began his career with Batesville Casket as regional sales
 manager in 1981.
     According to Camp, Batesville's top priorities will be to build on the
 company's strong market position and to develop new approaches to meeting the
 evolving needs of customers.
     "Dave Hirt epitomized the mission of Batesville Casket to be a positive
 force in funeral service," Camp said. "I am personally committed to that same
 mission. I'm also honored to lead a great company with an impressive legacy
 for the continued benefit of associates, customers, families who rely on us,
 and Hillenbrand Industries' shareholders."
     Outgoing president and CEO Dave Hirt, who will continue to serve the
 company as a business consultant, said, "Batesville Casket Company has been an
 important part of my life and I believe Ken has all the skill, experience and
 insight to move the company forward. I will always be proud to be associated
 with funeral service and feel privileged to have been a leader within the
 industry. I hold deep and profound appreciation and respect for funeral
 directors and the important role they serve in helping families. I'm confident
 that Ken brings to his new position that same dedication to our special
 mission."
 
     About Batesville Casket Company
     Batesville Casket Company is the leading manufacturer and supplier of
 burial caskets, cremation products and related services to licensed funeral
 homes. Batesville Casket has been part of helping funeral directors and
 families for more than 100 years. A wholly owned subsidiary of Hillenbrand
 Industries, Inc., Batesville is committed to making every funeral experience
 meaningful.
 
     About Hillenbrand Industries Inc.
     Hillenbrand Industries Inc. (NYSE:   HB), headquartered in Batesville,
 Indiana, is a publicly traded holding company for three major wholly owned
 businesses serving the funeral services and health care industries. All three
 businesses have headquarters in Batesville, Indiana.
     The company's Funeral Services Group consists of two businesses:
 Batesville Casket Company and Forethought Financial Services Inc., the leading
 provider of insurance and trust-based financial products and services for pre-
 planning funeral services.
     Hillenbrand Industries' Health Care Group consists of the Hill-Rom Company
 Inc., a leader in the worldwide health care community providing sales,
 rentals, service and support for products including beds, therapy surfaces,
 stretchers, infant warmers, incubators, furniture, communication systems,
 surgical columns, medical gas management systems, modular headwalls, lighting
 systems and operating room equipment.
 
     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 by using words such as
 "priorities," "develop," and "seeks," but their absence does not mean that the
 statement is not forward-looking. Forward-looking statements include
 statements regarding increasing shareholder value; building on the company's
 strong market position; and developing new approaches to meet evolving needs
 of customers. It is important to note that the Company's actual results could
 differ materially from those in any such forward-looking statements. They are
 not guarantees of future performance. Factors that could cause actual results
 to differ include but are not limited to: a downturn in the general business
 and economic conditions of the Company's customers, a decrease in death rates,
 and whether the Company's new products are successful in the marketplace. The
 Company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking
 statements. Readers should also refer to the various disclosures made by the
 Company in the Company's periodic reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K filed
 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
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