Executive Leadership

Michael J. Kneeland
President and Chief Executive Officer
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    Michael Kneeland was appointed president and chief executive officer of United Rentals, and a director of the company, in 2008. He had previously served as interim chief executive officer since 2007. Mr. Kneeland joined United Rentals in 1998 as district manager upon the company's acquisition of Equipment Supply Company. In 1999 his responsibilities were expanded to include multiple districts within United Rentals' aerial operations. He was subsequently named vice president-aerial operations in 2000, and vice president-southeast region in 2001, before being appointed executive vice president-operations in 2003. His more than 33 years of management experience in the equipment rental industry includes key positions in sales and operations with private, public and investor-owned companies, including Freestate Industries, Inc. Mr. Kneeland served as Freestate's president from 1995 until the company was sold to Equipment Supply Company in 1996. From 1996 to 1998 he served as general manager for Rylan Rents d/b/a Freestate Industries, a division of Equipment Supply. At the time it was acquired by United Rentals, Equipment Supply was the largest aerial equipment rental company in North America. In 2011, Mr. Kneeland was appointed to serve on the board of directors of YRC Worldwide, Inc., a leading provider of transportation and global logistics services, where he serves as the Chairman of the Compensation Committee. In 2015, he was designated Co-Chair, Transportation Stakeholder Alliance (The Business Council of Fairfield County) and was also appointed to the National Advisory Board for the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.

William B. Plummer
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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    William Plummer was appointed chief financial officer of United Rentals in 2008. His more than two decades of financial leadership experience include positions as chief financial officer of Dow Jones & Company, where he set policy for global finance and corporate strategy, and vice president and treasurer of Alcoa Inc., where he was responsible for global treasury policy and relationship management with commercial and investment banks. Previously, he held executive positions with Mead Corporation and General Electric Capital Corporation. Mr. Plummer serves as a director for John Wiley & Sons, Inc., where he is a member of the compensation and technology committees. He also serves as a director for UIL Holdings Corporation, where he is a member of the compensation and retirement benefits committees. Mr. Plummer holds degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a master of business administration degree from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

Matthew J. Flannery
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
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    Matthew J. Flannery was appointed as our executive vice president and chief operating officer in April 2012. Mr. Flannery has extensive experience in all areas of the Company’s operations, having previously served as executive vice president—operations and sales, senior vice president—operations east and in two regional vice president roles in aerial operations. Mr. Flannery has also served as a district manager, district sales manager and branch manager of the Company. He has over two decades of sales, management and operations experience in the rental industry. Mr. Flannery joined the Company in 1998 as part of the Company’s acquisition of Connecticut-based McClinch Equipment.

Senior Vice Presidents

  • Dale A. Asplund

    Senior Vice President - Business Services and Chief Information Officer

    Dale Asplund was promoted to senior vice president, business services in April 2011. Joining the company in 1998, he has held various senior positions that included responsibility for supply chain, fleet management and shares services. His current position also includes the company's information technology systems. Mr. Asplund previously worked for United Waste Systems, Inc. as a divisional manager.

  • Michael D. Durand

    Senior Vice President - Operations

    Michael Durand was appointed to lead the company’s Pacific West Region in 2013. He joined United Rentals in 2002 as a branch manager, and held subsequent field management roles as sales manager, district manager, and regional sales and marketing director for the Northwest Region. 

  • Jeffrey J. Fenton

    Senior Vice President – Business Development


    Jeffrey J. Fenton was named senior vice president—business development of United Rentals in 2013.  Prior to joining the Company, he was a Principal of Devonshire Advisors LLC for nine years, and held senior executive and board positions with BlueLinx Holdings Inc., Global MotorSports Group, Transamerica Trailer Leasing and Maxim Crane Works Holdings, Inc. During his over 20 years with General Electric, he served in numerous positions culminating in chief executive officer of GE Capital Modular Space and was an officer of GE Capital Corporation. Mr. Fenton is also a director of ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc.

  • Joli Gross

    Senior Vice President - Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

    Joli Gross was promoted to senior vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary in January 2016.  Ms. Gross has served as vice president, deputy general counsel and assistant secretary of the company since 2006, four years after joining the company as director of legal affairs. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Gross was an associate with the law firm of Day, Berry & Howard LLP, specializing in commercial real estate transactions; and an associate with Edwards & Angell LLP, involved in civil litigation and arbitration. Ms. Gross is a member of the Bar Associations of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

  • David A. Hobbs

    Senior Vice President - Operations

    David Hobbs was named senior vice president – operations in 2014, nine years after joining United Rentals as a district sales manager. Previously he held management roles at the district, region and corporate levels, most recently as vice president – gulf region beginning in 2009. David has well over a decade of experience in the equipment rental industry, including positions with H&E Equipment Services as director of salesforce and training, and branch manager; and sales positions for BPS Equipment.

  • Christopher K. Hummel

    Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

    Christopher K. Hummel was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer in 2016. Prior to United Rentals, Mr. Hummel served as the chief marketing officer of Schneider Electric SE, with responsibility for the development and implementation of Schneider’s global marketing strategy. Mr. Hummel brings more than two decades of senior management experience to United Rentals, having previously held senior sales and marketing positions at Unify, SAP and Oracle. He holds a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University. 

  • Paul I. McDonnell

    Senior Vice President - Operations

    Paul McDonnell brought more than a decade of construction industry experience to United Rentals when he joined the company as trench safety district manager in 1999. He was appointed to his current position as senior vice president - trench safety, power and hvac in 2008, after serving three years as vice president-trench safety, power and hvac. Prior to joining United Rentals, Mr. McDonnell was a construction project manager for Ryan Engineering, and general manager of D&E Steelplate Rental.

  • Kenneth B. Mettel

    Senior Vice President - Performance Analytics

    Kenneth Mettel became senior vice president, performance analytics in December 2014. Prior to that, he held the role of senior vice president, planning and analysis, beginning in April 2011. Earlier, he served as the company's vice president-strategy and planning. Prior to joining United Rentals in 2001, Mr. Mettel held senior management positions with International Paper as vice president, strategic planning, and with Unilever as director of financial analysis. His previous experience includes five years as finance manager, U.S. Toys with Mattel, Inc.

  • Irene Moshouris

    Senior Vice President - Treasurer

    Irene Moshouris was promoted to senior vice president, treasurer in April 2011. Joining the company in 2006 as Treasurer - Vice President, she is responsible for treasury, tax and credit. Her current position also includes real estate. Previously, she was vice president and deputy treasurer with Avon Products, Inc. Prior to Avon, Ms. Moshouris served as corporate tax manager with GTE Corporation; as tax director - pharmaceutical group, and tax manager - research and planning, with Sterling Winthrop, Inc.; and as tax manager and tax analyst with Arthur Anderson & Co.

  • Kevin C. Parr

    Senior Vice President – Operations

    Kevin Parr was named senior vice president – operations in 2013. He has more than 30 years of industry experience, first with UpRight, Inc., and then with Horizon Equipment, a business of W.R. Carpenter North America. He joined United Rentals in 2000 upon the company’s acquisition of Horizon, initially serving as fleet manager for the Aerial East Region, and subsequently as district manager, region sales and marketing manager, region vice president – Aerial East, and vice president – Northeast Region

  • Craig A. Pintoff

    Senior Vice President – General Counsel and Human Resources

    Craig A. Pintoff was named to the position of General Counsel in January 2016, with responsibility for leading the Company’s legal and human resources functions.  Mr. Pintoff has led the United Rentals human resources team since 2005, first as vice president, and since April 2011, as senior vice president. He joined United Rentals in 2003 as director-legal affairs. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Pintoff was chief benefits and employment counsel for Crompton Corporation in Connecticut. Previously, he was an attorney for White & Case LLP in Manhattan. Mr. Pintoff holds a Juris Doctor from the Columbia Law School and an LL.M. from the New York University School of Law.

Regional Vice Presidents

  • Robert C. Bower

    Vice President - Pacific West Region

    Robert Bower was named vice president – national accounts in 2014, and has more than a decade of experience in the equipment rental industry. During his tenure, he has held various leadership positions with increasing responsibility to include: branch and district manager, integration team lead, and most recently, region sales and marketing director for the pacific west region.

  • Chris A. Burlog

    Vice President - Midwest Region

    Chris Burlog was named vice president - midwest region in 2009, eight years after joining United Rentals as district manager. Following 7 years as a successful DM, Chris was promoted to the position of RSMM for the Rocky Mountain Region, where he achieved great success in Key Customer and New Account growth. Chris also contributed in a key leadership role as a project leader in Operation United and proved to be a strong voice for the field during the project. Chris graduated with a Marketing degree from Minot State University and has a strong background in the equipment rental industry, having started his rental career as an industrial sales rep and soon becoming the sales manager of Butler Machinery, a Caterpillar dealer based in Sioux Falls, S.D.

  • Michael G. Cloer

    Vice President – Southeast Region

  • John "Scott" Fisher

    Vice President – Western Canada Region

    Scott Fisher joined United Rentals upon the company’s merger with RSC in 2012, and was named to his current position in 2013. He previously served as RSC’s president of Canadian operations. He has over 20 years of experience in the construction equipment industry, including management roles with Skyway Canada Limited, Volvo Construction Equipment and Strongco Equipment, and sales within the Caterpillar dealer network. 

  • Joshuah P. Flores

    Region Vice President - Tools & Industrial Solutions

    Josh Flores was named Region Vice President – Tool Solutions region in 2014 four years after joining United Rentals as District Manager.  Josh’s tenure as a District Manager was spent in both General rental and most recently in the Specialty division in Tool Solutions.  During his time as a DM within Tool Solutions he and his team delivered strong specialty revenue growth through new cold start location expansion and managed tool trailer solution sales by increasing customer productivity on jobsites.  Josh graduated with a BBA in Finance from Lamar University and has a strong background in the equipment rental industry.  He started his rental career after college as an ISR with Hertz Equipment Rental and was promoted through the ranks from OSR to Branch Manager then transitioned over to Hi-Way Equipment, A Case Construction Equipment dealer based in Houston, Texas as a General Manager before joining United Rentals in 2010.

  • Todd M. Hayes

    Vice President – Trench Safety Region

    Todd was named vice president of the Trench Safety Region in 2012, after joining the Company in 1999 as part of the Shoring and Supply acquisition. Todd has over 20 years of progressively responsible experience in the construction equipment industry, including 16 years in the trench safety business. He began his career with United Rentals as a Branch Manager for trench locations Omaha, NE and Des Moines, IA. He then served as District Sales Manager and District Manager for United Rentals Trench Safety. Todd earned a BA in Business Administration from Bellevue University in Nebraska.

  • John J. Humphrey

    Vice President - Mid-Atlantic Region

    John was named vice president of the Northeast Region in 2013. He joined United Rentals in 1998, with the acquisition of McClinch Equipment Company. John has over 27 years of industry experience, starting in Outside Sales, promoted to District Sales Management and has held the position of Tri State District Manager with United Rentals since 1999.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. 

  • William A. Kiker

    Vice President - Pump Solutions


    Bill Kiker is region vice president of the Pump Solutions region.  He was previously President of National Pump & Compressor, joining United Rentals in 2014.  Bill was Gulf Coast area operations manager for Hertz Service Pump & Compressor from 1999 to 2007.  He began his career in 1987 with Service Pump & Compressor as an outside sales representative being promoted to regional manager in 1991.  Bill has over 28 years of industrial pump and compressor, rental, sales and service experience.  He earned a BA degree in economics from Teas A&M University in 2006.

  • Donald "Chad" Matter

    Vice President - Industrial Region

    Chad Matter is region vice president, Industrial region for the combined organization. Previously, he served as region vice president of RSC's Gulf region since April 2008. Chad began his career with RSC in August 1995 through the sales trainee program in Houston, Texas. Between 1996 and 1998, he was promoted to outside sales representative positions in the San Antonio and Austin markets, and he was recognized as sales representative of the year in 1998. In November 1999, Chad was promoted to sales manager for Central and South Texas. In 2002, he was promoted to district manager over the Central and South Texas district. Chad earned a BBA in marketing from Texas State University.

  • Jeffrey S. McGinnis

    Vice President – South Region

    Jeff McGinnis was named Vice President - South Region in 2014. Jeff began his career with Gaedcke Equipment Company in February of 1995 (acquired by United Rentals in 1998) as an Outside Sales Representative in Houston, Texas. He went on to hold various roles with United Rentals including Branch Manager, District Sales manager, District Manager and recently was the Region Sales and Marketing Director for the South Region. Jeff graduated from Stephen F Austin University in 1995 with a degree in Communications/Marketing.

  • Kevin M. O’Brien

    Vice President - South Central Region

    Kevin O'Brien serves as region vice president, Mid-Central region for the combined organization. Kevin was previously a region vice president at RSC. Kevin joined RSC in April 1997, as general manager of the St. Louis area. He was promoted to district manager in 2000, to region controller in 2002 and to region vice president in 2004. Kevin has a Bachelor's degree in business administration and accounting from the University of Kansas.

  • Craig A. Schmidt

    Vice President - Northeast Region

    Craig Schmidt was named Vice President of the North East Region in 2015.  Craig, joined United Rentals in 1999 and has held numerous positions such as Branch Manager, National Fleet Vehicle Manager, Region National Accounts Manager, District Manager and most recently, Director, Region Sales & Marketing.  Prior to joining United Rentals Craig worked for Budget Car and Truck Rental with his last position being held was Director of Truck Operations for the Central Region.   Craig holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Johnson & Wales University.

  • David C. Scott

    Vice President - Power & HVAC Region

    David was named vice president of the Power & HVAC Region in 2012, after joining the Company in 2010 as Region Operations Manager for the Power & HVAC business. He was previously Division Manager for Hertz Energy Services. David has over 20 years of industry experience with roles in sales and operations. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations from Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

Vice Presidents

  • Raymond J. Alletto

    Vice President - Risk Management

    Raymond Alletto brought more than 20 years of experience to United Rentals when he joined the company in 2005 as vice president - risk management. Previously, Mr. Alletto served as director - risk management for GTE Corporation, and for Purdue Pharma LP. He also held various risk management positions over 12 years with Hubbell Incorporated, including director of risk management and employee benefits.

  • Fred B. Bratman

    Vice President

    Fred Bratman was promoted to senior vice president, corporate communications and investor relations in April 2011. He rejoined United Rentals in 2008 as vice president - investor relations and corporate communications after previously serving as vice president - corporate communications from 2001 to 2004. In the interim, Mr. Bratman was executive vice president of Hyde Park Communications and president of Hyde Park Financial Communications, New York. Prior to United Rentals, Mr. Bratman served as director of marketing and communications for Deutsche Bank/North America; and vice president of Sard Verbinnen, a financial communications agency. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bratman was a financial journalist and editor at McGraw-Hill and Dow Jones.

  • Gregg L. Christensen

    Vice President - National Accounts

    Gregg Christensen was named vice president – national accounts in January 2016. He has been in the equipment rental industry for more than 30 years and has served in a number of sales and management positions throughout his career. Gregg joined the company in 2008 as a district manager, advanced to regional sales and marketing manager and then director of pricing. He was named vice president sales operations in 2011 and vice president sales force effectiveness in 2012. He most recently served as region sales and marketing director for the company’s south region. Gregg started his career as an ISR with Hertz Equipment Rental in 1982. After a 10 year career at Hertz, which included positions as an OSR, branch manager and eventually national account manager, he went on to pursue positions of increasing responsibility at BPS Equipment Rental and H&E Equipment Services. Gregg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Florida Southern College.

  • James A. Dorris

    Vice President - Environmental, Health and Safety

    Jim Dorris joined United Rentals as vice president - health, safety, environment & sustainability in 2012.  Prior to United Rentals, he was corporate occupational safety director with Cummins, Inc., and earlier held leadership positions with Pfizer, Inc. and PepsiCo, Inc.  Mr. Dorris is a certified safety professional who has worked closely with OSHA and the National Safety Council, where he is an active member of the OSHA alliance team and the NSC’s coveted Robert Campbell Institute

  • John J. Fahey

    Vice President, Internal Audit

    John Fahey brought more than 15 years of financial executive experience to United Rentals when he joined the company in 2005 as vice president - assistant corporate controller. In 2006, he assumed the additional role of principal accounting officer. In 2008, Mr. Fahey was appointed vice president - controller and, in that role, continued to serve the company as principal accounting officer. In December 2014, he became vice president, financial planning & analysis.  In July 2016, Mr. Fahey was appointed vice president – internal audit.  His prior experience includes senior positions as manager - corporate business development for Xerox Corporation; vice president and chief financial officer for Xerox Engineering Systems, Inc.; and vice president - finance and controller for Faulding Pharmaceutical Company. Mr. Fahey is a licensed certified public accountant who previously served as a general practice manager in accounting and auditing for Deloitte & Touche LLP.

  • William Grace

    Vice President - Investor Relations

    William Grace was appointed vice president, investor relations in April 2016.  He has more than 20 years’ experience in financial services. Most recently, he was a senior analyst with Susquehanna International Group covering the industrial machinery and building materials sector. Prior to Susquehanna, he was a vice president at Avondale Partners with responsibility for the building materials, construction and mining equipment research group; a member of the equity research team at Goldman Sachs & Co.; a member of the natural resources group at Banc of America Securities; and an associate at PaineWebber. He began his career as a financial analyst at Duff & Phelps Corp. Mr. Grace holds a dual bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Bucknell University and a master’s in business administration from Cornell University.

  • Homer "Ned" Graham

    Vice President - Operations Excellence

    Ned Graham joined United Rentals in 2009 as vice president - business development, before being appointed vice president - operational excellence in 2013. In his current position, he leads initiatives dedicated to improving efficiency and productivity across the company. Over his 30 years in the equipment rental industry, Mr. Graham has served as senior vice president, regional vice president and district manager with RSC Equipment Rental, and owner of Approved Equipment Company, a multi-location rental, sales and service business

  • Jessica T. Graziano

    Vice President - Controller and Principal Accounting Officer

    Jessica T. Graziano joined the Company as our vice president - controller and principal accounting officer in December 2014. Before joining the Company, Ms. Graziano served as senior vice president – chief accounting officer, corporate controller and treasurer of Revlon, Inc. (“Revlon”) since April 2013. Prior to that, she served as Revlon’s senior vice president – global operations finance from December 2010 through March 2013 and as Revlon’s vice president and controller – U.S. customer finance from July 2009 to December 2010. Prior to Revlon, Ms. Graziano held other financial positions with UST Inc. (Altia Group) and KPMG LLP. Ms. Graziano holds a Bachelor's degree from Villanova in Accountancy and an MBA in Finance from Fairfield University and is a certified public accountant.

  • Daniel T. Higgins

    Vice President - Technology and Operations

    Daniel Higgins brought two decades of experience to United Rentals when he joined the company in 2006 as vice president - IT corporate services. His expertise in leading information technology functions for Fortune 500 companies includes positions as IT senior director of strategy, planning, and risk management, as well as IT director of performance management systems, for Pepsi Bottling Group. Previously, Mr. Higgins was senior group manager of corporate financial systems for PepsiCo.

  • Helge Jacobsen

    Vice President - Operations Excellence

    Helge Jacobsen joined United Rentals as vice president, internal audit and operational excellence in 2012, and became vice president, operations excellence in December 2014. Previously, he was vice president - global sales operations with Avaya, Inc., and partner and managing director with Tenex Capital Management. Earlier, he held senior positions with Cerberus/Teleglobe and General Electric, including vice president, supply chain/6-Sigma/quality with GE Power Controls. Mr. Jacobsen began his career with MBN International A/S in Denmark.

  • Thomas P. Jones

    Vice President - Field Sales

    Tom Jones was promoted to vice president of field sales in 2014, 14 years after joining United Rentals as a district manager. Previously he held region vice president roles in the Southeast, and most recently the Mid-Atlantic region for the combined organization. Tom has over two decades of experience in the equipment rental industry, beginning with Hertz Equipment Rental, Inc. in 1990. He also had a two-year tenure with AMECO as vice president of North America and Caribbean Operations.

  • Brent R. Kuchynka

    Vice President - Corporate Fleet Management

    Brent Kuchynka is Vice President of Corporate Fleet management. Previously, he has held past positions as region vice president in the Canadian region, the Gulf Coast region and the Western region. Brent has more than 20 years of experience in the equipment rental industry. He began his career in 1994 with Valley Rentals, which was later acquired by RSC. During his tenure, he has occupied positions in branch operations, division project manager, sales management and regional management. He holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration in management from the University of Arizona.

  • Anthony S. Leopold

    Vice President - Strategy and Business Development

    Anthony Leopold joined the company as Vice President of Business Innovation and Efficiency in September 2010. Prior to joining United Rentals, Anthony was a Senior Manager at Bain and Company where he was responsible for leading multiple corporate transformations and performance improvement programs across a variety of industries. Anthony has a BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University (Summa Cum Laude) and a Master of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University.

  • Gordon McDonald

    Vice President - Managed Services

    Gordon McDonald was named vice president - managed services in 2012, following the merger of RSC Equipment Rental with United Rentals. His more than 30 years' experience with industrial tool rental and supply operations include 15 years with RSC and 23 years with Industrial Air Tool, an RSC acquisition. While with RSC, he served in field and corporate management positions, including regional manager for industrial on-site operations, and director of managed services, and was instrumental in advancing the company's software applications design. In 2008, he was appointed RSC vice president of managed services.

  • Joseph W. Pledger

    Vice President - Finance Operations

    Joe Pledger was promoted to Vice President, Operations Finance in July 2014.  Since joining United Rentals in 1998, he has served as district controller, region controller, and most recently as Senior Director, Planning and Analysis.  Mr. Pledger is a certified public accountant.  Prior to joining United Rentals he served as an audit manager with KPMG.  Mr. Pledger earned a Master’s degree in Accounting and B.S. in Business (magna cum laude) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

  • Timothy S. Rule

    Vice President - Market Development

    Timothy Rule was appointed Vice President – Market Development in 2013, after serving as Regional Vice President of the company’s Northwest Region.  Prior to joining United Rentals as district manager in 2002, he held industrial engineering, sales management and financial management positions with leading companies in the aerospace and construction equipment manufacturing industries, including Rohr Industries and CNH Global.  Tim holds a BS in Operations Management from San Diego State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

  • Daniel C. Sparks

    Vice President - Sales Operations & Support

    Daniel Sparks was promoted to Vice President, Sales Operations in 2015. Since joining United Rentals, he has held positions as Region Finance Director, Sr Director, FP&A, and Sr Director, Pricing. Prior to joining United Rentals, Daniel held leadership positions in finance with IBM, Staples and Smashburger. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Colorado.