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Trimble Announces Appointment of
Ulf J. Johansson to Board of Directors

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 16, 1999 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today announced the appointment of Ulf J. Johansson, 54, to the Board of Directors effective immediately.
Dr. Johansson is a Swedish national with a distinguished career in communications technology. He is a founder and chairman of Europolitan Holdings AB, a GSM mobile telephone operator in Sweden. Dr. Johansson currently serves as chairman of both Zodiak Venture AB, a venture fund focused on information technology (IT), and the University Board of Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Other board assignments include Novo Nordsk A/S, a Danish pharmaceutical/life science company.
Dr. Johansson formerly served as president and CEO of Spectra-Physics and executive vice president at Ericsson Radio Systems AB.
"We are very pleased to have Dr. Johansson join the Trimble Board of Directors. His wide experience and leadership will make a valuable contribution to our international strategy," said Dr. Robert S. Cooper, chairman of Trimble's Board of Directors. -more-
"The addition of Ulf Johansson to the board represents Trimble's commitment to communications technology as a core competency," commented Steven W. Berglund, president and CEO. "The foundation of Trimble's future success will be the integration of position, information and communications. Ulf's technical expertise and his diverse international experience will add momentum to both our product development and worldwide expansion."
Dr. Johansson received a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Doctor of Technology (Communication Theory) from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden.
This release may contain forward-looking statements based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Other potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events to differ materially are included in the SEC filings, including Form 10-K and Form 10-Q for Trimble.
About Trimble
Trimble is a world leader in designing and developing innovative products enabled by GPS technology. The company provides end-user and OEM solutions for diverse applications including surveying, mapping/GIS, agriculture, construction, mining, military, commercial aviation, automotive, vehicle tracking and timing. Founded in 1978, Trimble now holds more than 250 U.S. patents on GPS and related technology, with over 200 additional patents pending. Located in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has been adding value to GPS since 1984.
Media Contact:   LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808

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