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St. Jude Medical Announces Executive Promotion To Newly Created Position.

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ) today announced the promotion of Peter Spadaro to the newly created position of U.S. Division vice president for cardiovascular sales. Spadaro, who has worked in the medical-technology industry for almost 25 years, will have overall U.S. sales responsibility in the areas of cardiology, cardiac surgery and surgical atrial fibrillation (AF).

St. Jude Medical recently announced it is combining its Cardiac Surgery and Cardiology Divisions to create a new Cardiovascular Division, effective January 1, 2007. This group will focus on developing and launching medical device technology and services for patients who suffer from vascular disease or structural heart defects.

The company's U.S. Division, which is responsible for field sales and customer support services, created the new position to more effectively support its cardiac surgery and cardiology customers. Spadaro will oversee specialized sales forces in each of his areas of responsibility.

Spadaro has been with St. Jude Medical for almost 20 years, beginning as a territory sales manager for cardiac surgery in 1988, during a time when St. Jude Medical focused exclusively on heart valves. Spadaro rose through the ranks of St. Jude Medical, serving as regional sales director, director of U.S. sales and vice president of sales, as the company expanded its product portfolio. Since 2002, Spadaro has served as area vice president for St. Jude Medical's Mid-Atlantic Region, focusing mainly on the company's cardiac rhythm management and AF product lines.

"This new position underscores our commitment to continuously improve our organization so we can best support our clinician customers and their patients," said Michael T. Rousseau, president of St. Jude Medical's U.S. Division. "Pete's extensive med-tech experience and expertise across a broad range of specialties will be invaluable as we focus on the evolving needs of our customers."

About St. Jude Medical

St. Jude Medical is dedicated to making life better for cardiac, neurological and chronic pain patients worldwide through excellence in medical device technology and services. The Company has five major focus areas that include: cardiac rhythm management, atrial fibrillation, cardiac surgery, cardiology and neuromodulation. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., St. Jude Medical employs approximately 11,000 people worldwide. For more information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements include the expectations, plans and prospects for the Company, including potential clinical successes, regulatory approvals, anticipated future product launches, revenues, margins, earnings, and market shares. The statements made by the Company are based upon management's current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include market conditions and other factors beyond the Company's control and the risk factors and other cautionary statements described in the Company's filings with the SEC, including those described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 16, 2006 (see Item 1A on pages 15-21) and in the Company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed on August 7, 2006 (see Item 1A on page 32) and November 7, 2006 (see pages 31-32). The Company does not intend to update these statements and undertakes no duty to any person to provide any such update under any circumstance.
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