Brendan Horgan Named CEO of Sunbelt Rentals

Replaces Joe Phelan whose administration as CEO and a director of parent company Ashtead Group ended January 25

FORT MILL, SC -- Sunbelt Rentals announced today the appointment of Brendan Horgan as the Company’s chief executive officer. He also joins the Board of Ashtead Group plc, Sunbelt Rentals’ parent company, as an executive director. Horgan replaces Joe Phelan whose administration as CEO and a director of Ashtead formally ended at the close of business on January 25, 2011.

The new position marks the culmination of Horgan’s successful 15-year career with Sunbelt Rentals, during which he has made invaluable contributions to the Company’s growth. Joining Sunbelt Rentals in 1996, Horgan has held a number of senior management positions, including chief operating officer and chief sales officer.

“We are delighted to announce Brendan’s appointment as CEO of Sunbelt. Brendan has a wealth of experience of the U.S. rental industry in general and of the Sunbelt operation in particular. He has been instrumental in developing the Sunbelt business over a number of years and in his new role I am confident that he will help us take further advantage of the opportunities which exist at this exciting time for the rental industry in North America. We would also like to thank Joe Phelan for his efforts over the past couple of years and wish him every success in the future,” said Geoff Drabble, chief executive of Ashtead Group plc.

Horgan’s new appointment is effective immediately.

Sunbelt Rentals, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ashtead Group plc, is the second largest equipment rental company in the United States. Based in Fort Mill, SC, Sunbelt Rentals provides equipment rental solutions for the industrial, construction, and municipal markets, plus the DIY market, from its network of locations in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Sunbelt Rentals’ extensive equipment fleet includes a wide range of general construction and industrial equipment, and is further broadened by specialty businesses serving the Pump, Power, Trench Shoring and Scaffold markets. For more information, visit


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