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ICON Announces Appointment of Ms. Joan Garahy to Board of Directors

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ICON
plc
, (NASDAQ:ICLR) global provider of drug development
solutions and services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical
device industries, today announced the appointment of Ms. Joan Garahy as
a non-executive director.

Ms. Garahy is the managing director of ClearView Investment & Pensions
Limited, a financial advisory company. Ms. Garahy is also a
non-executive director of both Kerry Group plc and Irish Residential
Properties REIT plc.

Ms. Garahy's previous executive roles include founder and managing
director of HBCL Investment & Pensions Ltd, director of investments at
HC Financial Services Group, head of research at the Irish National
Pension Reserve Fund, head of research at Hibernian Investment Managers
and her equity analyst roles with Goodbody Stockbrokers and NCB Group.

Ms. Garahy was also previously a non-executive director of Galway
University Foundation and she is currently a member of the board of The
Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Ms. Garahy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University College
Galway and a Master of Science from University College Dublin.

"We are all very pleased that Joan has joined the board,"
commented Mr. Ciaran Murray, chairman of the board. "Her leadership
positions and experience in the financial and investment sectors
together with her strong and varied non-executive board experience will
further enhance the expertise of the ICON board."

About ICON plc
ICON plc is a global provider of drug
development solutions and services
to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. The
company specialises in the strategic development, management and
analysis of programs that support clinical development - from compound
selection to Phase I-IV clinical studies. With headquarters in Dublin,
Ireland, ICON currently, operates from 97 locations in 38 countries and
has approximately 13,100 employees.

Further information is available at www.iconplc.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These
statements are based on management's current expectations and
information currently available, including current economic and industry
conditions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance or
actual results, and actual results, developments and business decisions
may differ from those stated in this press release. The forward-looking
statements are subject to future events, risks, uncertainties and other
factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
projected in the statements, including, but not limited to, the ability
to enter into new contracts, maintain client relationships, manage the
opening of new offices and offering of new services, the integration of
new business mergers and acquisitions, as well as economic and global
market conditions and other risks and uncertainties detailed from time
to time in SEC reports filed by ICON, all of which are difficult to
predict and some of which are beyond our control. For these reasons, you
should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements when
making investment decisions. The word "expected" and variations of such
words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking
statements. Forward-looking statements are only as of the date they are
made and we do not undertake any obligation to update publicly any
forward-looking statement, either as a result of new information, future
events or otherwise. More information about the risks and uncertainties
relating to these forward-looking statements may be found in SEC reports
filed by ICON, including its Form 20-F, F-1, S-8 and F-3, which are
available on the SEC's website at
http://www.sec.gov.

ICON/ICLR-F

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