Andrew P. Studdert, serves as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining NES Rentals, Mr. Studdert served as the Chief Operating Officer of UAL Corporation/United Airlines from 1999-2002. Mr. Studdert also held the posts of Senior Vice President, Fleet Operations from 1997-1999 and Chief Information Officer from 1995-1997. Before joining United, he established Andrew Studdert & Associates, a private information technology consultancy, and served as Executive Vice President for First Interstate Bancorp, then the seventh largest US bank holding corporation operating in 14 western states. Mr. Studdert served on the Board of Regents of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa from 2005 to 2011, and was awarded an honorary LL.D degree from Loras in May 2014. He is also the recipient of the 2013 Red Cross of Greater Chicago Heritage Award for his lifetime dedication and commitment to safety.
Michael Milligan, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, joined NES in January 2002. Before joining NES, he served as Chief Financial Officer of the Telenisus Corporation in 2000 and 2001. From 1986 through 1999, Milligan was with Price WaterhouseCoopers, LLP as a staff accountant, senior, manager, senior manager and promoted partner in 1996. His responsibilities included due diligence investigations, transaction structuring, financial analyses, SEC reporting and related audit support in connection with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and debt/equity financing transactions.
Christopher Bowers, serves as Senior Vice President, Customer Strategy, Sales and Marketing. Prior to joining NES, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau from 2004 to 2005. He also successfully ran his own management consulting firm with an emphasis on marketing, sales development and strategic planning. Mr. Bowers spent 30 years at United Airlines where he held various positions including Senior Vice President - International, Senior Vice President - North America and Senior Vice President - Marketing and Sales. A former U. S. Army Captain, he earned a B. A. degree in Business Administration from Monmouth College in Monmouth Illinois.
Ananda Rakhit, VP and Chief Information Officer has an extensive background in technology, business process, operations analysis and analytical modeling. He has also served in a coal mining company in India in production and mine safety. Prior to NES, Ananda Rakhit was VP of Product Development at Automatic Data Processing (ADP), based in Atlanta, where he led global teams to develop internet-based, hosted, Benefits and HR systems for ADP customers. Ananda Rakhit was a Chief Technology Officer at Cadence Design Systems in San Jose, Calif. where he focused on streamlining information assets using Portal and Web Services architecture. Dr. Rakhit was with United Airlines in Chicago for 12 years developing operational models and leading United's Flight Operations and Cargo systems development. He was a key player in bringing United's internet technology, especially internet bookings, to the marketplace through united.com. Dr. Rakhit earned his Ph.D in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona in Tucson after receiving his BS in Mining Engineering and MS in Industrial Engineering from the Indian School of Mines.
Rick Juster, Rick Juster joined NES in June 2004 as VP Assets and Planning. Mr. Juster has an extensive background in financial planning and analysis, logistics, purchasing, and accounting. Mr. Juster's career included twenty years at United Airlines, five years as a consultant at Touche Ross, and seven years at Inland Steel as a Project Manager. Mr. Juster holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Cornell University, a M.S. in Operations Research from Northwestern University, and a M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago.
Karen Ospalik, Controller, joined NES Rentals in January 2002. Prior to NES, Ms. Ospalik served as Senior Finance Manager of Telenisus Corporation, a rapidly growing technology company where she had direct responsibility for all accounting and financial reporting processes of the organization. From 1995 to 2000, she was with Price WaterhouseCoopers, LLP as a Senior Accountant in Audit and then as a Manager in Transaction Services. Her responsibilities included leading professional teams who provided audit, consulting and transaction support services as well as financial due diligence and acquisition consulting services for financial and strategic acquirers. Ms. Ospalik graduated with honors from the University of Illinois where she earned her B.S. in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant.
Don Irwin is the Group Vice President of Branch Operations and is responsible for all NES Rentals branches in the United States. Prior to this assignment, he was Vice President - South Region. He is a 30-year rental industry veteran and has held senior management positions at both Choctaw Machinery Sales and Brambles Equipment Services, Inc. Mr. Irwin attended the University of Memphis.
Bill Doucette is the VP of Human Resources and joined NES in January, 2002. He is responsible for all facets of human resources including, training and development, compensation, benefits, environmental health and safety, labor/employee relations, talent acquisition, affirmative action and HR/Payroll management systems. Prior to joining NES, Bill was V.P. Human Resources at Edward Don & Company, a Chicago based food equipment distributor, for 5 years. Bill received his B.S.B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, M.S.I.R. from the Institute of Industrial Relations at Loyola University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Organization Development from Benedictine University. In 2000, he received his SPHR.