JCB’s Patterson Retires, Mirdha Now CEO JCB NA
JCB’s John Patterson CBE, group chief executive, has retired after 43 years’. With Patterson’s retirement, Arjun Mirdha is now president and CEO of JCB in North America, where Patterson has led operations since 2008 as chairman and CEO. Mirdha will report directly to Graeme Macdonald, JCB Group chief executive. Patterson will remain a director of the JCB Group and chairman of the board of the JCB USA companies.
Patterson who rose through the ranks from field service engineer, joined JCB in 1971 and worked 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.
Patterson 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 ($1.56 billion) for the first time, eventually reaching more than £2 billion ($3.13 billion) by the time he stood down in 2008. He then became chairman and CEO of JCB Inc. based in North America.