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Management Incentive Compensation Plan - St. Jude Medical Inc.

                             ST. JUDE MEDICAL, INC.

                        (AS ADOPTED ON JANUARY 11, 1999)

     1. PURPOSE
     The St. Jude Medical, Inc. Management Incentive Compensation Plan (the
"Plan") is designed to attract, retain, and reward highly qualified executives
who are important to the Company's success and to provide incentives relating
directly to the financial performance and long-term growth of the Company.

          (a) BOARD -- The Board of Directors of St. Jude Medical, Inc.

          (b) CODE -- The Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

          (c) COMMITTEE -- The Compensation Committee of the Board, or such
              other committee of the Board that is designated by the Board to
              administer the Plan, in compliance with requirements of Section
              162(m) of the Code.

          (d) COMPANY -- St. Jude Medical, Inc. and any other corporation in
              which St. Jude Medical, Inc. controls, directly or indirectly,
              fifty percent or more of the combined voting power of all classes
              of voting securities.

          (e) EXECUTIVE OFFICER -- Any officer of the Company subject to the
              reporting requirements of Section 16 of the Securities and
              Exchange Act of 1934 ("Exchange Act").

          (f) INCENTIVE COMPENSATION -- The cash incentive awarded to a
              Participant pursuant to terms and conditions of the Plan.

          (g) PARTICIPANT -- Any Executive Officer and any other employee or
              class of management employees of the Company as may be designated
              by the Committee.

          (h) PLAN -- The St. Jude Medical, Inc., Management Incentive
              Compensation Plan.

          (i) SALARY -- The direct gross (as opposed to taxable) compensation
              earned by the Participant as base salary during the fiscal year,
              excluding any and all commissions, bonuses, incentive payments
              payable during the fiscal year, and other similar payments.

     The Committee shall, each fiscal year, designate those employees, including
Executive Offices of the Company who are eligible to receive Incentive
Compensation under this Plan for the fiscal year.

      The awards under the Plan shall be based on the attainment of financial
performance goals for the fiscal year, as determined for each Participant by the
Committee. The Committee shall administer the Plan and shall have full power and
authority to construe, interpret, and administer the Plan necessary to comply
with the requirements of Section 162(m) of the Code. The Committee's decisions
shall be final, conclusive, and binding upon all persons. The Committee shall
certify in writing prior to commencement of payment of the bonus that the
performance goal or goals under which the bonus is to be paid has or have been
achieved. The Committee in its sole discretion has the authority to reduce or
eliminate the amount of a bonus otherwise payable to Executives upon attainment
of the performance goal established for a fiscal year. At the beginning of each
fiscal year consistent with the requirements of Section 162(m), the Committee
shall; (i) determine the percentage of the Participant's Salary that may be
awarded as Incentive Compensation for the fiscal year, up to a maximum award
under the Plan of the greater of $2,000,000 or 1.5% of the Company's
consolidated after tax net profits for the fiscal year; (ii) determine the
Participants eligible to participate in the Plan for the fiscal year; (iii)
determine the


financial performance goals as set forth in Section 5 herein for each
Participant on which Incentive Compensation will be paid; (iv) determine each
Executive's Incentive Compensation for the fiscal year; and (v) determine the
frequency at which each Participant's Incentive Compensation will be paid when

      Except with respect to Incentive Compensation payable to Executive
Officers of the Company, the Committee may delegate the establishment of
performance goals, and the general powers of the Committee described above with
respect to the Plan to the Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

      The Committee may amend, modify, suspend, or terminate the Plan for the
purpose of meeting or addressing any changes in legal requirements or for any
other purpose permitted by law. The Committee will seek shareholder approval of
any amendment determined to require a shareholder approval or advisable under
the regulations of the Internal Revenue Service or other applicable law or

      With respect to any Participant who is an Executive Officer, the Committee
shall establish performance goals based on the stock price of the Company, the
Company's earnings per share, market share, sales, return on equity, asset
management or the expenses or profitability of the Company or any division or
subsidiary, or any combination of such goals for the fiscal year, or a portion
thereof. Any performance goal shall be established in a manner such that a third
party having knowledge of the relevant performance results could calculate the
amount to be paid to the Participant. Any such goal shall be established when
the outcome of the goal is substantially uncertain. The Committee shall not
increase the maximum amount of the Incentive Compensation payable upon
attainment of the goal after the goal has been established. The Incentive
Compensation may be paid in whole or in part upon the attainment of any one of
the goals. Any such goal shall comply with the applicable requirements of
Section 162(m) of the Code and any regulations promulgated thereunder.

      With respect to any Participant other than an Executive Officer, the
Committee may establish performance goals based on other than the financial
performance of the Company specified above.

      The Incentive Compensation shall be paid only upon certification of the
attainment of the preestablished performance goals by the Committee. Such
Incentive Compensation shall be paid within 90 days of the end of the fiscal
year, but any Participant who is eligible to participate in the Company's
deferred compensation plan may elect to defer part or all of such Incentive
Compensation under such plan. No Incentive Compensation or any other benefit
under the Plan shall be assignable or transferable by the Participant during the
Participant's lifetime.

      Nothing in the Plan shall confer upon any employee any right to continue
in the employ of the Company or shall interfere with or restrict in any way the
right of the Company to discharge an employee at any time for any reason
whatsoever, with or without cause.


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