United Rentals Names New President

Flannery United Rentals

United Rentals Inc. announced that Matthew Flannery was appointed president of the company by its board of directors, in addition to his responsibilities as chief operating officer. 

Michael Kneeland, who became president and chief executive officer of United Rentals in 2008, will continue to lead the company as its CEO.

"Matt Flannery is ideally qualified to serve in this expanded role,” Kneeland said. “He is an engaging leader with a talent for inspiring our organization. As president, he will ensure that our company remains at the forefront of innovation, customer service, and operational excellence.”

Flannery joined United Rentals in 1998. He has over 25 years of sales, management, and operations experience in the equipment rental industry, including extensive experience in all areas of the company’s operations. 

In addition to chief operating officer, he previously served as United Rentals’ executive vice president—operations and sales, and in various field management roles at senior, regional, district, and branch levels.