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United Rentals Inc (URI.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Jenne Britell

75 2008 Independent Chairman of the Board

Matthew Flannery

53 2018 President, Chief Operating Officer

Michael Kneeland

64 2018 Chief Executive Officer, Director

William Plummer

59 2008 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Craig Pintoff

48 2017 Executive Vice President—Chief Administrative and Legal Officer

Dale Asplund

50 2017 Executive Vice President -Business Services, Chief Information Officer

Jessica Graziano

45 2017 Senior Vice President—Controller and Principal Accounting Officer

Jeffrey Fenton

60 2013 Senior Vice President—Business Development

Marc Bruno

46 Director

Gracia Martore

66 2017 Director

Jose Alvarez

55 2009 Independent Director

Bobby Griffin

69 2009 Independent Director

Kim Jones

2018 Independent Director

Terri Kelly

56 Independent Director

Singleton McAllister

66 2004 Independent Director

Jason Papastavrou

55 2005 Independent Director

Filippo Passerini

60 2009 Independent Director

Donald Roof

66 2012 Independent Director

Shiv Singh

40 Independent Director

Ted Grace

2017 Vice President, Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

Jenne Britell

Dr. Jenne K. Britell, Ph.D., is Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. Dr. Britell was chairman and chief executive officer of Structured Ventures, Inc., advisors to U.S. and multinational companies, from 2001 to 2009. From 1996 to 2000, Dr. Britell was a senior executive of GE Capital. At GE Capital, she most recently served as the executive vice president of Global Consumer Finance and president of Global Commercial and Mortgage Banking. From January 1998 to July 1999, she was president and chief executive officer of GE Capital, Central and Eastern Europe, based in Vienna. Before joining GE Capital, she held significant management positions with Dime Bancorp, Inc., HomePower, Inc., Citicorp and Republic New York Corporation. Earlier, she was the founding chairman and chief executive officer of the Polish-American Mortgage Bank in Warsaw, Poland. Dr. Britell has served in senior management positions with both public and private companies, including GE Capital, where she was executive vice president of Global Consumer Finance and president of Global Commercial and Mortgage Banking. She also has significant experience with public company directorships, which provides her with leadership and consensus-building skills to guide the Board, as well as exposure to a broad array of best practices. Dr. Britell was named the 2011 Director of the Year by the National Association of Corporate Directors. She was also named one of six outstanding directors for 2011 by the Outstanding Directors Exchange, a division of the Financial Times.

Matthew Flannery

Mr. Matthew John Flannery is President, Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Mr. Flannery was appointed as our president in March 2018, and continues to serve as chief operating officer. Previously, he was executive vice president and chief operating officer, a title he had held since 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.

Michael Kneeland

Mr. Michael J. Kneeland is Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Mr. Kneeland was appointed chief executive officer of United Rentals, and a director of the Company, in 2008. From 2008 until March 2018, he also served as president. Previously, he served as interim chief executive officer from 2007 to 2008. 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 35 years of management experience in the equipment rental industry includes key positions in sales and operations with private, public and investor-owned companies, including Free State Industries, Inc. Mr. Kneeland served as Free State’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 Free State 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. Mr. Kneeland has served in a variety of positions in the equipment rental industry for over 35 years, including a number of senior management positions with the Company, as well as Free State Industries, Inc. and Equipment Supply Company. He has extensive experience and knowledge of the competitive environment in which the Company operates. Further, he has demonstrated strategic and operational acumen that the Board believes has been of significant value to the Company.

William Plummer

Mr. William B. Plummer is no longer Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company effective on October 12, 2018. Mr. Plummer joined the Company as our executive vice president and chief financial officer in December 2008. Before joining the Company, Mr. Plummer served as chief financial officer of Dow Jones & Company, Inc., where he set policy for global finance and corporate strategy, from September 2006 to December 2007. Prior to Dow Jones & Company, Mr. Plummer was vice president and treasurer of Alcoa Inc., where he was responsible for global treasury policy and relationship management with commercial and investment banks, since 2000. He also held similar executive positions at Mead Corporation and GE Capital, the financial services subsidiary of General Electric. Mr. Plummer is also a director of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and Global Payments, Inc. 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. Mr. Flannery was appointed as our president in March 2018, and continues to serve as chief operating officer. Previously, he was executive vice president and chief operating officer, a title he had held since 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.

Craig Pintoff

Mr. Craig A. Pintoff is Executive Vice President—Chief Administrative and Legal Officer of the Company. Mr. Pintoff has served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources since April 2011 and previously as Vice President, Human Resources since July 2005. Mr. Pintoff joined the Company in 2003 as director-legal affairs, with responsibility for leading the human resources division of the Company’s legal department. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Pintoff was chief benefits and employment counsel for Crompton Corporation in Connecticut and an attorney with White & Case LLP. Mr. Pintoff holds a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School and a Masters in Tax (LL.M.) from the New York University School of Law.

Dale Asplund

Mr. Dale A. Asplund is Executive Vice President -Business Services, Chief Information Officer of the Company. Mr. Asplund was promoted to executive vice president—business services and chief information officer in January 2017, after previously serving as senior vice president—business services and chief information officer since April 2012 and senior vice president—business services since 2011. Joining the Company in 1998, he has held various senior positions that included responsibility for supply chain, fleet management and shared services. Mr. Asplund previously worked for United Waste Systems, Inc. as a divisional manager. Mr. Pintoff was promoted to executive vice president—chief administrative and legal officer in March 2017, with responsibility for leading the Company’s legal and human resources functions, after previously serving as senior vice president, general counsel and human resources since January 2016. Mr. Pintoff has led the United Rentals human resources team since 2005, first as vice president, then, from April 2011 to March 2017, as senior vice president, and since March 2017, as executive 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.

Jessica Graziano

Ms. Jessica Graziano is Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer of the Company effective October 12. 2018. Ms. Graziano joined United Rentals in December 2014 as controller and principal accounting officer and was promoted to her current role in March 2017. In this role, she works closely with the senior leadership team and oversees the company's accounting, financial planning and analysis and insurance departments. Ms. Graziano has more than two decades of financial management experience, previously serving as senior vice president, principal financial officer, chief accounting officer and corporate controller for Revlon Inc. Earlier, she held senior financial positions with UST Inc. (now Altria Group), Sturm, Ruger & Company Inc. and KPMG LLP.

Jeffrey Fenton

Mr. Jeffrey J. Fenton is Senior Vice President—Business Development of the Company. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Fenton was named senior vice president—business development of United Rentals in 2012. 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. Mr. Fenton is also a director of ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc.

Marc Bruno

Mr. Marc A. Bruno is Director of the Company. Mr. Bruno has been the Chief Operating Officer, Sports, Leisure, Corrections, Dining, and K-12 for Aramark Corporation since 2014. In his current role, Mr. Bruno directs hospitality, retail merchandise and facility programs for premier sports and entertainment facilities, meeting venues, parks and cultural attractions as well as food and support solutions for business dining, K-12 clients and correctional facilities. Since joining Aramark as a campus hire in 1993, Mr. Bruno has risen through the ranks by serving in a variety of sales and operating roles in the U.S. and internationally. Mr. Bruno also leads Aramark’s Olympic projects, for which the company has served as the dining and catering services provider for 16 Olympic Games. His involvement with the project spans six Olympics, dating back to the 1996 Atlanta Games. In 2010, SportsBusiness Journal named Mr. Bruno to its annual global list of “Forty Under 40,” recognizing the best and brightest young executives in the sports business industry. Mr. Bruno is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Bruno has divisional P&L oversight and reports directly to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Aramark. In addition to logistics operations, he has also overseen construction projects at Aramark. Over the course of his career, Mr. Bruno successfully demonstrated Aramark’s commitment to service excellence and played a vital role in earning new business.

Gracia Martore

Ms. Gracia C. Martore is Director of the company. Ms. Martore most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of TEGNA Inc. (“TEGNA”), formerly known as Gannett Co., Inc., a role she held from October 2011 until June 2017. Prior to that and beginning in 1985, Ms. Martore served in various other management positions with TEGNA, including as President and Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to TEGNA, Ms. Martore worked for 12 years in the banking industry. Ms. Martore has financial expertise, broad business experience and extensive management, leadership and operational expertise as a result of her 32 years of experience in a variety of senior leadership roles at TEGNA. Ms. Martore’s background, experience and judgment as chief executive officer and chief financial officer of a major publicly traded company provide her with leadership, business, financial and governance skills that will benefit the Company and its board of directors.

Jose Alvarez

Mr. Jose B Alvarez is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Alvarez has been on the faculty of the Harvard Business School since February 2009. Until December 2008, he was the executive vice president—global business development for Royal Ahold NV, one of the world’s largest grocery retailers. Mr. Alvarez joined Royal Ahold in 2001 and subsequently held several key senior management positions, including president and chief executive officer of the company’s Stop & Shop and Giant-Landover brands. Previously, he served in executive positions at Shaw’s Supermarket, Inc. and American Stores Company. Mr. Alvarez has held several key management positions with Royal Ahold NV, one of the world’s largest grocery retailers, providing him with business leadership experience in, and valuable knowledge of, the global retail industry. These experiences, together with his other public company directorships and academic credentials as a member of the Harvard Business School faculty, allow him to contribute to the Company and the Board a combination of strategic thinking and industry knowledge with respect to marketing and retailing. Mr. Alvarez holds an MBA degree from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and an AB degree from Princeton.

Bobby Griffin

Mr. Bobby J. Griffin is Independent Director of the Company. From March 2005 to March 2007, Mr. Griffin served as president—international operations for Ryder System, Inc., a global provider of transportation, logistics and supply chain management solutions. Beginning in 1986, Mr. Griffin served in various other management positions with Ryder, including as executive vice president—international operations from 2003 to March 2005 and executive vice president—global supply chain operations from 2001 to 2003. Prior to Ryder, Mr. Griffin was an executive at ATE Management and Service Company, Inc., which was acquired by Ryder in 1986. Mr. Griffin has notable business experience in the areas of transportation, logistics and supply chain management, including extensive international experience, due to his past senior leadership positions with Ryder System, Inc. In addition to these attributes, Mr. Griffin’s public company directorship experience provides a valuable perspective for the Board and the Company.

Kim Jones

Ms. Kim Harris Jones is Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Harris Jones served as senior vice president and corporate controller of Mondelez International, Inc., the global publicly traded snacking foods business, from 2012 until 2015. Previously, she served as senior vice president and corporate controller of Kraft Foods from 2009 to 2012. Prior to Kraft, she held numerous leadership roles during 17 years with Chrysler Group LLC, and earlier with General Motors Company. Ms. Harris Jones holds an MBA in finance and a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Michigan and is a CPA.

Terri Kelly

Ms. Terri L. Kelly is Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Kelly is President and CEO of W.L. Gore & Associates (“Gore”), a highly innovative, privately-held family-owned enterprise with more than $3 billion in annual revenues, serving in this capacity since 2005. Gore specializes in advanced materials that are utilized in a wide array of high-value products from GORE-TEX® fabric, implantable medical devices, venting products, and electronic cables. Gore is well known for its unique management philosophy and culture, and is consistently recognized as a top workplace across the globe. Ms. Kelly joined Gore as an Engineer in 1983 and has expertise across multiple industries including consumer products, defense, industrial, medical devices, and pharmbio. As CEO, she leads this global organization of close to 10,000 associates with over 45 manufacturing and sales locations. Ms. Kelly graduated summa cum laude from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Ms. Kelly has strong business and technical acumen with key competencies in creating a collaborative and empowered work environment to achieve successful business outcomes. She is adept at leading an organization through significant transformation, and evolving the culture and behaviors to meet changing business needs. Ms. Kelly possesses strong organizational and communication skills with experience integrating across multiple functions to maximize success. Her other areas of expertise include new product development, innovation, portfolio management, brand management, associate engagement and leadership development.

Singleton McAllister

Ms. Singleton B. McAllister is Independent Director of the Company. Ms. McAllister is Of Counsel at the law firm Husch Blackwell. Before joining Husch Blackwell in May 2014, Ms. McAllister had been a partner in the law firms of Williams Mullen from 2012 to 2014, Blank Rome LLP from 2010 to 2012 and LeClairRyan from 2007 to 2010. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. McAllister served for five years as the general counsel for the United States Agency for International Development and has served in senior positions in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ms. McAllister is also a director of Alliant Energy Corporation, Interstate Power and Light Company and Wisconsin Power and Light Company. Additionally, she previously chaired the National Women’s Business Center. Ms. McAllister is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow to the National Academy of Public Administration. She has also served on the Advisory Board of the African Development Foundation and has been appointed Secretary to the Virginia State Board of Elections.

Jason Papastavrou

Dr. Jason D. Papastavrou, Ph.D., is Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Papastavrou has served as chief executive officer and chief investment officer of ARIS Capital Management, an investment management firm, since founding the company in January 2004. He previously held senior positions at Banc of America Capital Management and at Deutsche Asset Management. Dr. Papastavrou, who holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, taught at Purdue University’s School of Industrial Engineering and is the author of numerous academic publications. Dr. Papastavrou currently serves as the chief executive officer and chief investment officer of ARIS Capital Management, and has held senior positions at other investment management firms, such as Banc of America Capital Management and Deutsche Asset Management. Collectively, these experiences allow him to contribute to the Board and the Company a valuable perspective on finance and risk-related matters.

Filippo Passerini

Mr. Filippo Passerini is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Passerini is an Operating Executive in U.S. Buyouts at Carlyle Group. Prior to joining Carlyle Group in 2015, he served as Procter & Gamble Company’s Group President, Global Business Services (GBS) and Chief Information Officer (CIO), positions he held since February 2008 and July 2004, respectively. Mr. Passerini joined Procter & Gamble, a leading multinational manufacturer of consumer goods, in 1981 and held executive positions in the United Kingdom, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Latin America and the United States. On behalf of the Procter & Gamble organization, he oversaw service operations in 70 countries and led the integration of Procter & Gamble’s IT and services groups to form GBS, one of the largest and most progressive shared services organizations in the world. Mr. Passerini has gained significant global business and leadership experience in the consumer goods industry as well as valuable knowledge of technology and the global retail industry through his various senior level positions with Procter & Gamble, including Chief Information Officer, for more than 33 years. Mr. Passerini brings a very strong blend of business, technology, and operations expertise. He has particular strength with international operations, which he acquired through his previous executive positions in the United Kingdom, Greece, Italy, Latin America and Turkey. He is a member of the CIO Hall of Fame and has received numerous awards, including: the inaugural Fisher-Hopper Prize for Lifetime Achievement in CIO Leadership; Shared Service Thought Leader of the Year; and InformationWeek’s Chief of the Year. He is a native of Rome, Italy and holds a degree in Operations Research from the University of Rome.

Donald Roof

Mr. Donald C. Roof is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Roof became a director of the Company on April 30, 2012, in connection with the acquisition of RSC Holdings Inc. (“RSC”). Mr. Roof served as a Director of RSC and RSC Equipment Rental from August 2007 to April 2012. Mr. Roof most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Joy Global Inc. (n/k/a Komatsu Mining Corp.) (“Joy”), a worldwide manufacturer of mining equipment, from 2001 to 2007. Prior to joining Joy, Mr. Roof served as President and Chief Executive Officer of American Tire Distributors/Heafner Tire Group, Inc. from 1999 to 2001 and as Chief Financial Officer from 1997 to 1999. Mr. Roof has significant experience in finance and accounting, general management, business development and strategic planning, board experience/governance, and other functions, including merchandising and distribution as evidenced by his over 35 years of experience serving in executive positions ranging from President/CEO to Executive Vice President/CFO with an international manufacturer of mining equipment and a distributor and retailer of tires and related products, as well as his years of experience serving on the board of directors and audit committees of other public companies. Mr. Roof had significant experience during his career in capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, and operating in highly-leveraged situations.

Shiv Singh

Mr. Shiv Singh is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Singh is a senior vice president in the innovation and strategic partnerships group at Visa Inc. (“Visa”), where he is responsible for driving the go-to-market strategy for some of the company’s most disruptive products and innovations. In this role, he is also focused on guiding major Visa clients around the future of payments and their own go-to-market strategies. Prior to this, Mr. Singh served in various senior brand and marketing roles at Visa, where he was responsible for launching the Visa brand and communications platform, driving Visa’s digital marketing transformation including the re-imagination of Visa.com across 120 countries, managing global media partnerships and leading marketing innovation programs. Prior to joining Visa, Mr. Singh was the Global Head of Digital at PepsiCo Beverages, responsible for all digital engagement in paid, owned, and social media across consumer marketing, shopper marketing, and food service marketing. From 1999 to 2010, Mr. Singh served in various positions at Razorfish, most recently as VP and Global Social Media Lead. Mr. Singh has significant experience in marketing, with a focus on digital marketing, as evidenced by his 17 years in the industry and receipt of various industry awards, including being inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement in November 2016, being recognized by AdWeek as a Top 50 marketer in 2015 and being recognized by Ad Age as a 2009 Media Maven. Mr. Singh is also author of the book, “Social Media Marketing for Dummies” and has written for the Harvard Business Review online, Ad Age magazine, The Huffington Post and other publications. Collectively, Mr. Singh’s experiences will allow him to contribute to the Board and provide the Company a fresh and valuable perspective on digital marketing and related matters.

Ted Grace

Mr. Ted Grace is Vice President, Investor Relations of the Company. Mr. Grace 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.