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Lawrence H. SilberPresident and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Silber joined Herc Rentals Inc. in May 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Silber most recently served as an executive advisor at Court Square Capital Partners, LLP, a private equity firm primarily investing in the business services, healthcare, general industrial and technology and telecommunications sectors, from April 2014 to May 2015. Mr. Silber led Hayward Industries, one of the world’s largest swimming pool equipment manufacturers, as chief operating officer from 2008 to 2012, overseeing a successful transition through the recession and returning the company to solid profitability. From 1978 to 2008, Mr. Silber worked for Ingersoll-Rand plc, a publicly traded manufacturer of industrial products and components, in a number of roles of increasing responsibility. He led major Ingersoll-Rand business groups, including Utility Equipment, Rental and Remarketing and the Equipment and Services businesses. Earlier in his career, he led sales, marketing and operations functions in Ingersoll-Rand’s Power Tool Division and Construction and Mining Group. Mr. Silber served on the board of directors of SMTC Corporation, a mid-size provider of end-to-end electronics manufacturing services, from 2012 to 2015 (and from May 2013 through January 2014 served as its interim president and CEO).

Barbara L. BrasierSenior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Brasier joined the Company in November 2015 from Mondelez International, Inc. (formerly Kraft Foods, Inc.), where she served as senior vice president, tax and treasury since October 2012, when Mondelez spun off Kraft Foods Group, Inc. Ms. Brasier served as the senior vice president and treasurer of Kraft Foods Inc. from October 2011 to September 2012 and from April 2009 to December 2010 and senior vice president, finance of Kraft Foods Europe from December 2010 to October 2011. Prior to Kraft, Ms. Brasier was a vice president and treasurer of Ingersoll-Rand from April 2004 to June 2008 and held roles of increasing responsibility at Mead Corporation and MeadWestvaco from June 1984 to March 2004. Ms. Brasier started her career in accounting at Touche Ross, now Deloitte & Touche, LLP. 

Christian J. CunninghamSenior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Mr. Cunningham joined the Company in September 2014 from DFC Global Corporation where he served as vice president, corporate HR and HR services since June 2013 with global responsibility for all human resource matters for corporate staff. Previously, Mr. Cunningham held the position of vice president, HR, compensation and benefits at Sunoco Inc. and Sunoco Logistics from 2010 to 2013. Prior to Sunoco, Mr. Cunningham served at ARAMARK as vice president, global compensation and strategy (2008 to 2010); at Scholastic Inc. as vice president, compensation, benefits and HRIS (2006 to 2007); and at Pep Boys as assistant vice president, human resources (2005 to 2006). Previously Mr. Cunningham held director and regional managerial positions in roles with increasing levels of responsibility at Pep Boys (1995 to 2005) and Tire Service Corporation, Inc. (1985 to 1995). 

James Bruce DresselSenior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Dressel joined the Company in June 2015, bringing with him significant expertise in the equipment rental industry and more than 30 years of experience in various leadership and senior management roles. Mr. Dressel served as president and CEO of Sunbelt Rentals, Inc. from February 1997 to July 2003, where he grew the company from 24 to 195 locations and expanded equipment rental offerings. Mr. Dressel began his career in the equipment rental business in 1984 and held various positions in a privately held company that was acquired by Sunbelt in 1996. Following Sunbelt, from 2004 to 2013, Mr. Dressel held roles of increasing responsibility, including serving as chief sales officer, for ADS, Inc., a provider of industry-leading equipment and logistics support solutions to the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. From 2013 until he joined the Company in 2015, Mr. Dressel had been consulting within the equipment rental industry.

Richard F. MaraniSenior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Mr. Marani joined the Company in June 2015. Mr. Marani has more than 30 years of IT experience across industrial products, construction equipment, aerospace, and information technology businesses. Mr. Marani began his career at General Electric, transitioning into leadership roles in IT. Following a successful role at United Technologies, Mr. Marani joined Ingersoll-Rand Corporation in 2002 as vice president of IT, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of global IT strategies. While there, he built out IT systems in advance of the spin-off of the Compact and Utility Equipment Division to Doosan Infracore, leaving with the spin in 2007 to assume the IT leadership role at Doosan. In 2011, he returned to Ingersoll Rand in a senior IT leadership role, responsible for global IT strategy for a $3 billion sector of the Ingersoll-Rand portfolio through 2014. From 2014 until he joined the Company in 2015, Mr. Marani served as a virtual chief information officer for Torrington Group LLC. 

Maryann A. WaryjasSenior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

Ms. Waryjas joined the Company in November 2015 from Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation, one of the largest providers of dredging services in the United States. At Great Lakes, Ms. Waryjas served as senior vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary from August 2012 to November 2015. From 2000 until joining Great Lakes, Ms. Waryjas was a partner at the law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP, and was co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Governance and Mergers and Acquisitions Practices during 2011 and 2012. Ms. Waryjas served two consecutive terms on Katten’s board of directors. Prior to Katten, Ms. Waryjas was a partner at the law firms of Jenner & Block LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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