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Mentor Graphics Names Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

WILSONVILLE, Ore., May 2, 2007 – Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) today announced that Maria M. Pope will join the company as vice president and chief financial officer, reporting to president, Gregory K. Hinckley.

“We are delighted that Maria Pope, a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of financial and operational experience, will be joining our senior management team,” said Gregory K. Hinckley, president of Mentor Graphics. “We are very fortunate to have an executive with the caliber of leadership and management skills that Maria brings, to head up our finance team. Mentor will certainly benefit from her wide-ranging background.”

Pope will be responsible for treasury, tax, accounting, internal audit, corporate development, and investor relations at the company. Additionally, she will manage facilities and purchasing.

Previously, Pope held various senior management positions at Pope & Talbot, Inc., most recently vice president and general manager of the Wood Products Division. She has also held financial management positions at Levi Strauss & Co. and at Morgan Stanley & Co. Her extensive experience also includes board of director positions with Premera Blue Cross, where she is a member of the executive committee and chairs the audit committee, and Portland General Electric Company, where she is a member of the finance and audit committees. Pope has an MBA degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA degree from Georgetown University.

About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $800 million and employs approximately 4,250 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.

(Mentor Graphics is a registered trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.)

For more information, please contact:
Ryerson Schwark
Mentor Graphics
503.685.1660
ry_schwark@mentor.com