John Patterson

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From 2011: "John Patterson, Chairman and CEO of JCB Inc., joined the company in 1971 as a field service engineer and rose to Worldwide CEO overseeing global operations for the world’s largest privately owned construction equipment company. With offices on four continents, Patterson has travelled extensively to continue JCB’s global expansion. During the last five years of his worldwide leadership, retail sales increased by 98% and revenue increased by 107%. In the last ten years, Patterson has opened new manufacturing facilities in Savannah, Georgia; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Pune, India; and Shanghai, China; and acquired operations in Germany. With Patterson at the helm, JCB’s global market share rose to 12%, JCB earned and maintained the number one market share position for backhoe loaders and telescopic handlers globally and JCB upheld its position as the world’s third largest construction equipment manufacturer by volume.

"In 2000 Patterson opened JCB’s North American headquarters and first U.S. manufacturing facility in Savannah, GA. This 500,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility is currently producing the world’s fastest backhoe loader, the High Mobility Engineer Excavator (HMEE), for the U.S. Army, part of JCB’s growing military products portfolio. The Savannah, GA plant also produces skid steer loaders and compact track loaders for distribution worldwide.

"In 2008 Patterson accepted the position of Chairman and CEO of JCB Inc., stepping down as Worldwide CEO to focus his attention intently on growing market share in North America. Patterson’s appointment as Chairman and CEO of JCB Inc. underscores the company’s commitment to the North American market, which continues to be a major market for construction equipment. Patterson was appointed Deputy Chairman of JCB worldwide in September of 2009 while also maintaining his responsibilities as Chairman and CEO of JCB Inc.

"In 2010 Patterson oversaw an extensive product development program to deliver a new generation of skid steer loaders from JCB’s North American headquarters in Savannah, GA. The new generation of skid steer and compact track loaders are the first machines in company history to be designed, engineered and manufactured outside of the United Kingdom for global distribution.

"JCB has won more than 50 major awards for engineering excellence, exports, design, marketing, management and for its environmental initiatives. Among these awards are 25 of the highly coveted Queen’s Awards for Technology and Export Achievement. In June of 2011 Patterson was appointed as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II awarded the CBE honor to Mr. Patterson in recognition of his services to British business development worldwide.

"Patterson also serves on the Board of Directors and the CE Sector Board of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). He is a member of the Georgia Institute of Technology Advisory Board in Atlanta as well as the Savannah affiliate board. He is a former president of the Federation of Manufacturers of Construction Equipment and Cranes (FMCEC)."[1]


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  1. Association of Equipment Manufacturers John Patterson, organizational web page, accessed October 17, 2013.