With the announcement of JCB Chairman and CEO John Patterson's retirement, Arjun Mirdha has been named president and CEO of JCB North America, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Mirdha reports directly to Graeme Macdonald, JCB Group Chief Executive.
Patterson joined JCB in 1971 and went on to work in Canada and America before returning to the UK in 1988 as managing director of JCB Service. In 1993, Patterson was appointed managing director of JCB Sales before becoming Group CEO – only the third person in JCB’s history to hold the position. In his 10 years in the role, sales broke $1.56 billion for the first time, eventually reaching more than $3.13 billion by the time he stood down in 2008. He then became Chairman and CEO of JCB Inc based in North America.
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.”
“I am proof that that there are no boundaries to career development at JCB and I have had an incredible time over the past 43 years. I am proud to have been part of a team which has seen JCB become the world’s third largest construction equipment manufacturer and achieve market leadership for many of its products," said Patterson. “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.”