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Mentor Graphics Appoints New Vice President of Human Resources

WILSONVILLE, Ore., May 6, 2009–Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced it has appointed Alan Friedman as vice president of Human Resources. Friedman will be responsible for organizational planning and development, employment, compensation, benefits, safety and health, and employee services. Friedman will report to Mentor’s president, Gregory K. Hinckley.

“We are pleased to have Alan Friedman join our senior management team,” stated Gregory K. Hinckley, president of Mentor Graphics. “His extensive international experience will be instrumental in helping Mentor recruit, develop and retain the best talent worldwide.”

Friedman was most recently senior vice president of the People Organization for Novell, Inc., a publicly traded maker of infrastructure software for mixed IT environments, employing over 3, 900 people. Prior to that, he worked for such companies as Cambridge Technology Partners, Arthur D. Little, Wang Laboratories and Superscope/Marantz/Philips. Friedman has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from UCLA.

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 4,500 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: 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:

Kim Coxe
Mentor Graphics
503.685.1940
kim_coxe@mentor.com