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United Rentals appoints new Vice President of Business Development

United Rentals Inc. announced that Ned Graham has been appointed to the position of vice president of business development, effective immediately. Graham, a 29-year veteran of the equipment rental industry, will lead the development of strategies and process improvements related to business expansion.

Michael Kneeland, chief executive officer of United Rentals, said, "Ned's nearly three decades of experience with equipment rental operations, including 10 years in the public sector, speaks for itself. He has an exceptional talent for realizing compelling opportunities on a national scale, across all business units and customer segments. Ned's expertise makes him a strong addition to our senior team, and we are delighted to have him on board as we continue to pursue our strategic objectives."

Prior to joining United Rentals, Graham most recently served as senior vice president of operations for  RSC Equipment Rental, where he directed operations in 30 states, following six years as regional vice president and two years as district manager. Previously, he acquired and served as president for Approved Equipment Company, a multi-location rental, sales and service business. He began his career with Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company in corporate lending.

Graham holds a bachelor's degree from Wilkes University and attended executive programs at several leading institutions, including Harvard Business School, Fordham University and the Swedish Institute of Management/International Operations in Stockholm.