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ArvinMeritor Names Steven G. Rothmeier and Andrew J. Schindler to the Board of Directors

TROY, Mich., Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- ArvinMeritor Inc. (NYSE: ARM) today announced that Steven G. Rothmeier, chairman and CEO of Great Northern Capital, and Andrew J. Schindler, chairman of Reynolds American Inc., have been elected to the ArvinMeritor Board of Directors, effective Nov. 11, 2004. The announcement was made following a company Board meeting.

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"Both of these individuals bring a wealth of solid business, financial and operational leadership to the table, and have a great deal to contribute to the ArvinMeritor team," said Chairman, CEO and President Charles G. "Chip" McClure. "We are fortunate they have chosen to join us at this time."

Rothmeier founded Great Northern Capital, based in St. Paul, Minn., in 1993, after serving as president of a Twin Cities venture capital and merchant banking firm. Before that, he was with Northwest Airlines, Inc. Rothmeier began his career with Northwest in 1973 as a corporate financial analyst -- later to become director of economic planning in the Regulatory Proceedings Division. Subsequent positions of increasing leadership at Northwest included vice president of finance and treasurer; executive vice president of finance and administration; CFO; and president and COO. He was named chairman and CEO of NWA, Inc. and the airline in 1985.

Rothmeier earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Schindler is chairman of Reynolds American, the parent company of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Lane Limited and R.J. Reynolds Global Products, Inc. that was established in July 2004. He joined R.J. Reynolds Industries, Inc. in 1974. After a series of positions of increasing responsibility he was named director of manufacturing for Nabisco Foods Co. in 1987. Returning to R.J. Reynolds Tobacco in 1988 as vice president of personnel, Schindler moved to operations the following year and, in 1994, was named president and COO. The next year, he became president and CEO, and, in 1999, was named chairman, president and CEO of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings, Inc.

Schindler achieved the rank of captain in the U.S. Army, where he held command and staff positions in the United States and in Vietnam. He earned a bachelor's degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., and holds a master's degree in business administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier $8 billion global supplier of a broad range of integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry.

The company serves light vehicle, commercial truck, trailer and specialty original equipment manufacturers and related aftermarkets. Headquartered in Troy, Mich., ArvinMeritor employs approximately 32,000 people at more than 150 manufacturing facilities in 27 countries. ArvinMeritor common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ARM. For more information, visit the company's Web site at: http://www.arvinmeritor.com .

This press release also contains statements relating to future results of the company (including certain projections and business trends) that are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, global economic and market conditions; the demand for commercial, specialty and light vehicles for which the company supplies products; risks inherent in operating abroad, including foreign currency exchange rates; availability and cost of raw materials; OEM program delays; demand for and market acceptance of new and existing products; successful development of new products; reliance on major OEM customers; labor relations of the company, its customers and suppliers; successful integration of acquired or merged businesses; the ability to achieve the expected annual savings and synergies from past and future business combinations; success and timing of potential divestitures; potential impairment of long-lived assets, including goodwill; competitive product and pricing pressures; the amount of the company's debt; the ability of the company to access capital markets; credit ratings of the company's debt; the outcome of existing and any future legal proceedings, including any litigation with respect to environmental or asbestos-related matters; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those detailed from time to time in the filings of the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

SOURCE  ArvinMeritor, Inc.
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    /CONTACT:  Media Inquiries: Krista McClure, +1-248-435-7115,
krista.mcclure@arvinmeritor.com , or Investor Inquiries: Alice McGuire,
+1-248-655-2159, alice.mcguire@arvinmeritor.com , both of ArvinMeritor Inc./
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    /Web site:  http://www.arvinmeritor.com /

CO:  ArvinMeritor, Inc.
ST:  Michigan

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