Wayland Hicks Becomes Chief Executive Office of United Rentals

Greenwich, CT - Dec 14, 2003


United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI) announced today that Wayland Hicks has become chief executive officer in accordance with the company's previously announced succession plan. He succeeds Bradley Jacobs, who remains chairman. Mr. Hicks has served as chief operating officer since 1997.

About United Rentals

United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in North America, with an integrated network of more than 750 locations in 47 states, seven Canadian provinces and Mexico. The company serves 1.8 million customers, including construction and industrial companies, manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners and others. The company offers for rent over 600 different types of equipment with a total original cost of approximately $3.6 billion.

Fred Bratman
Vice President, Corporate Communications
United Rentals, Inc.
(203) 618-7323