Michael J. Kneeland

Chairman
Michael J. Kneeland became non-executive Chairman of the Board of the Company in May 2019, following his retirement as Company CEO, a position he held since 2008. He has served as a member of the Company’s Board since 2008. From 2008 until March 2018, he also served as President. Previously, he served as interim CEO from 2007 to 2008. Mr. Kneeland joined United Rentals in 1998 as district manager upon the Company’s acquisition of Equipment Supply Company and held a variety of management roles from 1998-2007, including being named as 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 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. In 2020, Mr. Kneeland was appointed to serve as non-executive chairman of the board of directors of Maxim Crane, a private company. In 2019, he was appointed to serve on the boards of directors of Brinks Home Security, a leader in the smart-home technology and security industries, and America Tire Distributors, one of the largest independent suppliers of tires, wheels and supplies to the automotive market. Since 2017, Mr. Kneeland has also served on the board of directors of Anticimex Group, a private pest-control company with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. 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. Mr. Kneeland served on the board of directors of YRC Worldwide, Inc., a leading provider of transportation and global logistics services, from 2011 to 2019.
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