JCB has announced Arjun Mirdha will take the position of President and CEO of JCB in North America after the retirement of John Patterson.
Mirdha took up his new role on Jan. 1, reporting directly to Graeme Macdonald, JCB Group Chief Executive.
Patterson retired after 43 years of service to the company. He 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, John was appointed Managing Director of JCB Sales before becoming Group CEO – only the third person in JCB’s history to hold the position.
He went on to become the company’s second-longest serving CEO, and in his 10 years in the role, sales broke the £1 billion mark for the first time, eventually reaching more than £2 billion by the time he stood down in 2008. He then became Chairman and CEO of JCB based in North America.
Under John Patterson’s leadership as Group CEO, JCB opened facilities in Savannah, Georgia; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Pune, India and Shanghai, China.
In 2010 he oversaw a $40 million investment in a new range of skid steer and compact track loaders which went into production at JCB’s North American headquarters in Savannah.