H&E appoints new president and COO

By Belinda SmartDecember 22, 2020

H&E Equipment Services has appointed John McDowell Engquist as president and chief operating officer, effective January 1, 2021. 

Engquist, whose father, John Martindale Engquist, is the company’s executive chairman, takes the role from current president and CEO, Bradley Barber, who has been president since November 2012. Barber will continue as H&E’s CEO. 

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The new president has worked at the H&E for more than 18 years and has been executive vice president since January 2018.

“John’s operational expertise, valued insight and strong leadership qualities have been instrumental in leading our operations in various capacities for more than a decade,” said Barber.

”We look forward to John’s future contributions in this expanded role as we seek to maximize our operating performance in today’s challenging environment and beyond, as well as capitalize on strategic growth opportunities through branch expansion and acquisitions.”

H&E Equipment Services has 97 rental depots throughout the West Coast, Intermountain, Southwest, Gulf Coast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions.

Its focus is on aerial platforms, cranes, earthmoving equipment, and material handling equipment.

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