United Rentals Appoints Kenneth Mettel as Vice President - Strategy and Planning

Greenwich, CT -

United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI) today announced the appointment of Kenneth B. Mettel as vice president - strategy and planning, effective immediately. He has served in senior management roles since joining United Rentals in 2001, and helped guide the company's rental rate and fleet management initiatives.

Martin E. Welch, executive vice president and chief financial officer of United Rentals, said, "We are pleased that Ken has assumed an expanded role in our strategic business process and management of our finance operations. Our company has consistently benefited from his leadership of critical initiatives over the past seven years."

Kenneth Mettel originally held the position of vice president - planning and analysis for United Rentals before being named vice president - market strategy and customer insight in 2006. He previously served in senior management positions with International Paper as vice president of strategic planning, and with Unilever as director of financial analysis. Mr. Mettel's career also includes five years of finance experience with Mattel, Inc. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Tufts University and an MBA degree from Columbia University School of Business.

About United Rentals

United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in the world, with an integrated network of over 690 rental locations in 48 states, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. The company's approximately 10,900 employees serve construction and industrial customers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners and others. The company offers for rent over 2,900 classes of rental equipment with a total original cost of $4.2 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. www.unitedrentals.com.


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