Howard Clark, Jr. and Brian McAuley Appointed to the United Rentals Board of Directors

Greenwich, CT - Apr 4, 2004


United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI) today announced that Howard Clark, Jr. and Brian McAuley have joined the company's board of directors, effective immediately.

Bradley Jacobs, chairman of United Rentals, said, "It is a privilege to welcome these distinguished individuals to our board. We look forward to benefiting from their diverse talents and wealth of experience."

Howard Clark has been vice chairman of Lehman Brothers Inc. since 1993. From 1990 until assuming his current position, he was chairman, president and chief executive officer of Shearson Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. Mr. Clark was previously a senior executive at American Express Company from 1981 to 1993, and a managing director of Blyth Eastman Paine Webber Incorporated or predecessor firms from 1968 to 1981. While at American Express, his positions included five years as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Mr. Clark is also a director of Maytag Corporation (NYSE: MYG), White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE: WTM) and Walter Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WLT).

Brian McAuley has been a partner at NH II, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in telecommunications businesses, since 2003. Mr. McAuley is a cofounder of Nextel Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXTL) and held senior executive positions at Nextel from the company's inception in 1987 until 1996, including seven years as president and chief executive officer. Upon leaving Nextel, he joined Imagine Tile, a custom tile manufacturer, where he served as chairman and chief executive officer from 1996 to 1999 and continues to serve as chairman. He also served as president and chief executive officer of NeoWorld Communications, Inc., a wireless telecommunications company, from 1999 until the sale of that company to Nextel in 2003. Mr. McAuley is a certified public accountant and, prior to co-founding Nextel, his positions included corporate controller at Norton Simon Inc. and manager at Deloitte & Touche.

Wayland Hicks, vice chairman and chief executive officer of United Rentals, said, "The business expertise and varied perspectives of our new members make them valuable additions to our board. We are pleased that they have joined us at this exciting stage of our company's growth."

About United Rentals

United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in North America, with an integrated network of more than 730 rental locations in 47 states, seven Canadian provinces and Mexico. The company's 13,000 employees serve 1.9 million customers, including construction and industrial companies, utilities, municipalities, homeowners and others. The company offers for rent over 600 different types of equipment with a total original cost of $3.5 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor's MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 2000 Index® and is headquartered in Greenwich, Conn. Additional information about United Rentals is available at

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Chuck Wessendorf
VP, Investor Relations and 
Corporate Communications
United Rentals, Inc.
(203) 618-7318