Management changes at Speedy Hire

28 July 2014

UK rental company Speedy Hire has made a number of management appointments, including hiring a new chief operating officer for UK operations – Adrian Murphy.

Mr Murphy joined Speedy from United Technologies Corporation, where he was managing director for Chubb Fire and Security Systems, and later commercial director UK, Ireland and Benelux for the building industrial systems division.

Meanwhile, Tony Bennett has been appointed as Speedy’s new corporate development officer, with responsibility for strategy, planning, corporate activity, corporate communications and social responsibility.

Bennett formerly held executive roles with two global business services organisations – Office Depot Inc, and the Rentokil Initial Group.

Steve Giblin has been appointed Speedy’s new Group health, safety, security, environment, and quality director. Mr Giblin was previously global head of EHS at Scapa. He has also held roles at United Utilities and British Gas Centrica.

Finally, Ed Cowell has joined Speedy in the role of head of major accounts, overseeing sales to some of Speedy's largest national customers. Mr Cowell joined Speedy from security company G4S, where he has held a number of senior roles, including international account director and most recently as global sales director for the risk management business.

Speedy CEO Mark Rogerson said, “We are delighted to welcome Adrian, Tony, Steve and Ed at an exciting time for Speedy. The broad experience they bring from both inside and outside our industry, combined with new internal appointments to the senior leadership team, gives us the right blend of skills to accelerate the implementation of our growth strategy.”

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