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Trimble Inc.
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Trimble Appoints Vice President of Operations

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 20, 2001 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced today that Joseph F. Denniston, Jr., 40, has joined the Company as vice president of operations. In his role, he will be responsible for worldwide manufacturing as well as the distribution and logistics strategy.
"We are pleased to have Joe on board. He brings to Trimble a balanced skill set in manufacturing operations, supply chain management and contract manufacturing management," said Steven W. Berglund, Trimble's president and CEO. "Joe will help us establish new standards for the Company's manufacturing performance and help us to better integrate our worldwide operations."
Denniston comes to Trimble from 3Com Corporation. During his 14-year tenure, he held several positions including test engineering manager, director of manufacturing engineering, senior director of operations, senior director of product operations, and vice president of supply chain operations for the Americas. Prior to joining 3Com, he served over five years at Sentry Schlumberger as a system test specialist and test engineer. Denniston received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the Missouri Institute of Technology in 1981 and an M.S. in computer science engineering from Santa Clara University in 1990.
Denniston succeeds Patrick J. Hehir in his role as vice president of manufacturing.
About Trimble
Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble's worldwide presence and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than 2,200 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.

Media Contact:    LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808

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