Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Fort Lee Resident Named United Rentals New Chief

From the Stanford Advocate, July 22, 2008

After a $4 billion merger with the parent company of Chrysler failed last year, United Rentals Inc. of Greenwich has elected Jenne Britell, 66, of Fort Lee, N.J., as chairwoman of its board.

A United Rentals director since 2006, she takes a post that Bradley Jacobs had held until he resigned Aug. 31.

Jacobs co-founded United Rentals in 1997. The company had sales of $3.73 billion last year and is the largest U.S. construction equipment rental company.

Britell will continue in her role as chairman and chief executive officer of Structured Ventures Inc., which advises U.S. and foreign companies on financial services and product strategy.

She was a senior executive at GE Capital of Stamford from 1996 to 2000. Britell has a bachelor's and master's degree from Harvard University and a master's and a doctorate from Columbia University.

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