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Maxim Crane Works Appoints Michael Kneeland as Chairman of the Board

Feb. 14, 2020
Leading crane rental giant Maxim Crane Works Holdings today announced that Michael Kneeland, the non-executive chairman of the board and former CEO of United Rentals, has been named the new chairman of the company’s board of directors.

Leading crane rental giant Maxim Crane Works Holdings today announced that Michael Kneeland, the non-executive chairman of the board and former CEO of United Rentals, has been named the new chairman of the company’s board of directors.

Kneeland served as president and CEO of United Rentals from August 2008 until March 2018, and as the CEO until May 2019, leading United Rentals through a period of significant growth and value creation. Under his leadership, United Rentals grew its revenues from $3.3 billion in 2008 to $8.0 billion in 2018, grew its adjusted EBITDA from $1.1 billion in 2008 to $3.9 billion in 2018, and returned $2.9 billion of cash in the form of share buybacks from 2012, when it first commenced such buybacks, to 2018. United Rentals’ share price increased more than 700 percent during Kneeland’s tenure as CEO.

"Michael is a well-respected leader in the equipment rental industry and an incredibly savvy operator," said Larry Berg, Maxim’s current chairman, who will step down from that position but remain on the board as a director. "Maxim will benefit greatly from his experience in navigating growth opportunities in our industry. The rest of the board and I are extremely excited to partner with Michael on this next leg of Maxim’s journey."

"What Michael has accomplished at United Rentals is nothing short of remarkable," added Bryan Carlisle, Maxim’s CEO. "He is one of the most experienced leaders in our industry, and I am looking forward to drawing upon his vast wealth of knowledge and best practices as we work together to build upon Maxim’s success."

"I am thrilled to join and to chair the Maxim Board," said Kneeland. "Maxim is an extraordinary organization with exceptionally talented people. As the market leader, Maxim is well suited to capitalize on the significant organic and inorganic growth opportunities ahead of it, with a proven ability to manage customer service and safety at scale. I am excited to partner with Bryan and Larry to help Maxim further its market leadership."

Kneeland had served United Rentals in various management roles for more than a decade prior to his tenure as CEO, joining the firm when it acquired Equipment Supply Co. in 1998. Previously, he had been president of Free State Industries, continuing on as general manager of Free State after it was acquired by Equipment Supply Co. In all, Kneeland has more than 35 years of management experience in the equipment rental industry. He has also served on the boards of numerous other corporations, including Brinks Home Security and America Tire Distributors.

            Maxim Crane Rental, based in Newport, Ky., is No. 5 on the RER 100.