By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Becton Dickinson today announced that its board has elected Vincent Forlenza to take over as the company's CEO starting Oct. 1, replacing Edward Ludwig.

Forlenza who joined BD in 1980 is currently president and chief operating officer at BD. He will remain President upon becoming the firm's CEO, BD said. Starting Oct. 1, he also will become a member of the board.

Ludwig will serve as executive chairman of the board starting Oct. 1 continuing through June 2012.

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