John Patterson retires from JCB
By Chris Sleight07 January 2014
John Patterson has retired from JCB after 43 years’ service. Arjun Mirdha will take over as president and CEO of JCB in North America, where John Patterson has led operations since 2008 as chairman and CEO.
Mr Patterson joined JCB in 1971as a field service engineer and went on to work in Canada and America before returning to the UK in 1988 as managing director of JCB Service. In 1993, he was appointed managing director of JCB Sales before becoming group CEO – only the third person in JCB’s history to hold the position.
He served as group CEO for ten years before standing down in 2008 to head-up the company’s North American subsidiary , JCB Inc.
JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said, “During John’s time as Chief Executive, JCB achieved unprecedented sales growth and led the company’s transformation into a truly global company. I thank John for his contribution over the past 43 years and am delighted he will remain a Director of the JCB Group and Chairman of the Board of the JCB USA companies.”
Mr Patterson said, “I am proof that there are no boundaries to career development at JCB and I have had an incredible time over the past 43 years.
“JCB has made excellent progress in North America in recent years but there are many more opportunities to be seized and I wish Arjun Mirdha well as he leads the team as president and CEO of JCB in North America.”
Mr Mirdha took up his new role from 1st January 2014, reporting directly to Graeme Macdonald, JCB group chief executive.