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Pentair Names Leslie Abi-Karam to Board of Directors

February 27, 2008

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 27, 2008--Pentair, Inc. (NYSE: PNR) today announced it has named Leslie Abi-Karam to a seat on its board of directors. Ms. Abi-Karam will stand for election at Pentair's annual meeting of shareholder in May 2008.

Ms. Abi-Karam, 49, is an executive vice president at Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI) and president of Mailing Solutions Management. In this role, she has responsibility for all mailing products and services in North and South America. Earlier, Ms. Abi-Karam led the Pitney Bowes' Document Messaging Technologies business, where she transformed the business to encompass both the digital and physical worlds, improving customer communications at every touchpoint. She also led the expansion of Pitney Bowes' software business through two of the company's largest acquisitions in that space. She began her career at Pitney Bowes in 1984 as an engineer and went on to hold a number of progressively responsible positions in addition to those above.

Ms. Abi-Karam earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Bridgeport and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in industrial engineering from Northeastern University, where she is a trustee of the Corporation.


Pentair ( is a diversified operating company headquartered in Minnesota. Its Water Group is a global leader in providing innovative products and systems used worldwide in the movement, treatment, storage and enjoyment of water. Pentair's Technical Products Group is a leader in the global enclosures and thermal management markets, designing and manufacturing thermal management products and standard, modified, and custom enclosures that house and protect sensitive electronics and electrical components. With 2007 revenues of $3.40 billion, Pentair employs approximately 16,000 people worldwide.

CONTACT: Pentair, Inc.
Todd Gleason, 763-656-5570
Vice President, Investor Relations
Rachael Jarosh, 763-656-5280
Vice President, Communications

SOURCE: Pentair, Inc.