On March 20, 2008, United Rentals, Inc. announced the appointment of Kenneth B. Mettel as vice president - strategy and planning, effective immediately. He has served in senior management roles since joining United Rentals in 2001, and helped guide the company's rental rate and fleet management initiatives.
Martin E. Welch, executive vice president and chief financial officer of United Rentals, said, "We are pleased that Ken has assumed an expanded role in our strategic business process and management of our finance operations. Our company has consistently benefited from his leadership of critical initiatives over the past seven years."
Kenneth Mettel originally held the position of vice president - planning and analysis for United Rentals before being named vice president - market strategy and customer insight in 2006. He previously served in senior management positions with International Paper as vice president of strategic planning, and with Unilever as director of financial analysis. Mr. Mettel's career also includes five years of finance experience with Mattel, Inc. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Tufts University and an MBA degree from Columbia University School of Business.
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