McDonnell to Step Down as Chief Commercial Officer of United Rentals

McDonnell to Step Down as Chief Commercial Officer of United Rentals

Paul McDonnell will step down as chief commercial officer and leave United Rentals Inc. on Sept. 30. He will continue as an independent advisor for 24 months.

McDonnell’s leadership responsibilities for sales and specialty operations will be absorbed under Dale Asplund, chief operating officer.

Matthew Flannery, chief executive officer of United Rentals, said, “We thank Paul for his significant contributions to the success of our company, both as a talented leader and a strong advocate for our customers.” Flannery added that McDonnell led the growth of United Rentals’ specialty rental segment to the world’s largest network of its kind. “I’m pleased that Paul will remain available to us, and I join our executive team in wishing him continued success,” said Flannery.

McDonnell’s tenure in the rental industry includes 21 years with United Rentals. He joined the company in 1999 upon the acquisition of D&E Steelplate Rental, and subsequently held roles of increasing responsibility, leading to his appointment as executive vice president and chief commercial officer in 2019.

McDonnell said, “It has been an honor to help grow United Rentals from its early days in equipment rental to a $9 billion industry leader and innovator. I share my pride in those accomplishments with the many extraordinary people I’ve had the privilege to work with along the way. I wish the company continued success.”


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