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Irion named CEO of TNT Crane & Rigging

March 31, 2023  By Don Horne

TNT Crane & Rigging LLC, the largest open-shop crane services platform in North America, announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Mark Irion as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

Irion succeeds Mike Appling, who has served as TNT’s CEO since 2007.

“Mark is an accomplished leader with the right vision and capabilities to lead TNT’s next chapter of growth and success,” said David E. Fanta, Chairman of TNT’s Board of Directors. “He brings extensive industry knowledge and deep financial acumen to the Company. Having served on our Board for nearly three years, he already has a strong understanding of TNT’s business, strategy, culture and opportunities. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Mark to execute TNT’s plans to accelerate profitable growth.”

Appling will remain at the company until April 30, to ensure a smooth transition and will step down from the Board of Directors at that time.


Irion, a seasoned executive with nearly 25 years in the equipment rental industry, will also continue as a director on TNT’s Board, where he has served since June 2020. He most recently served as Chief Financial Officer of Herc Holdings, where he was recognized for helping to drive strategies that improved fleet efficiencies and accelerated strategic M&A activity.

Irion said, “I am excited to take on this role and to lead TNT forward as we continue to deliver superior customer service with our unparalleled expertise and capabilities. What has always stood out at TNT is our culture that puts people first. That is reflected in strong, multi-year customer relationships and an industry-leading safety record in successfully executing mission-critical work. It is an honor to lead this company and I can’t wait to get started.”

Fanta continued that, “Mike leaves a tremendous legacy at TNT. He helped build the Company through more than a dozen acquisitions as well as strong organic growth. On behalf of the entire Board, I want to thank Mike for his many contributions to TNT over the years and wish him the very best in the future.”

Irion served as Chief Financial Officer for Herc Holdings since June 2018. The company operates through Herc Rentals Inc. as a leading equipment rental supplier throughout North America. Previously, Irion spent 19 years as Chief Financial Officer of Neff Corporation, a publicly traded equipment rental company. Earlier in his career, he was a finance executive for a computer component distribution company and a senior auditor for Deloitte & Touche LLP.

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