John Patterson, Chairman of the JCB USA Group and Director of the JCB Group, joined JCB in 1971 as a field service engineer. Patterson retired as CEO of JCB North America, Deputy Chairman of JCB Group and Deputy Chairman of JCB worldwide on December 31, 2013 after 43 years of consecutive service to the company.
After starting with JCB in 1971, Patterson went on to work in Canada and America before returning to the United Kingdom in 1988 as Managing Director of JCB Service. In 1993, he was appointed Managing Director of JCB Sales before becoming Group CEO. He was only the third person in JCB’s history to hold that position. Patterson eventually rose to the position of Worldwide CEO, overseeing global operations for the world’s largest privately owned construction equipment company.
During his tenure, Patterson traveled extensively to continue JCB’s global expansion. Under the last five years of his worldwide leadership, JCB’s retail sales increased by 98 percent and revenue increased by 107 percent. Over the past 13 years, Patterson opened new manufacturing facilities in Savannah, Georgia; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Pune, India; Shanghai, China; and acquired operations in Germany.
With Patterson at the helm, JCB’s global market share rose to 12 percent, JCB earned and maintained the number one market share position for backhoe loaders and telescopic handlers globally. JCB also 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 manufacturing 17 models of 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 keenly focus his attention on growing market share in North America. Patterson’s appointment as Chairman and CEO of JCB Inc. underscored 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 range 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.
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.
In December, 2013, Patterson retired as CEO of JCB North America, Deputy Chairman of JCB Group and Deputy Chairman of JCB worldwide. However, Patterson remains a valuable part of JCB as Chairman of the Board of the JCB USA Companies and as Director of the JCB Group.
Patterson also serves on the board directors for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) and was elected as the 2013 Construction Equipment Chair. AEM is the international trade and business development resource for companies that manufacture equipment, products and services used worldwide in the construction, agricultural, mining, forestry, and utility fields. He is a member of the Georgia Institute of Technology Advisory Board in Atlanta. He is a former president of the Federation of Manufacturers of Construction Equipment and Cranes (FMCEC). He maintains his primary residence in Savannah, GA.
Arjun Mirdha is the President and Chief Executive Officer of JCB, Inc., responsible for JCB operations in North America (USA, Canada and Mexico), which includes the manufacturing of the global skid steer, compact track loader and high mobility engineer excavator product lines. The Savannah facility also manufactures the new "Rental Ready" 3CX Backhoe Loader. JCB North America has had a record year for sales and share in 2014 growing sales by 193% over the past four years.
Previously, Arjun served as JCB Inc. Chief Operating Officer responsible for Sales, Marketing, Customer Support and Manufacturing Operations. Prior to serving as COO he served as Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Service. In this role, he contributed to an overall sales growth of 62%, a 48% increase in parts and service revenue and expanded national coverage.
Mirdha joined JCB twenty years ago, initially based at the JCB World Headquarters located in Rocester, England. He relocated to North America with JCB, Inc. to focus on Dealer Development and shortly thereafter accepted the role of Vice President of Sales and Dealer Development. In January of 2004, Mirdha relocated to India as the Vice President of Parts and Service and in 2006 took on the additional role of Business Development where he lead the Engine, Power Generation and Lift All Material Handling Programs. In 2008, Mirdha became the Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development for India and South Asia, where he set a new record for machine sales of 20,000 units in 2010.
Mirdha received a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi, India. He is a Certified Chartered Accountant (FCCA, UK), a Chartered Marketer (MCIM, UK) and has an MBA with Distinction from Cardiff University in the United Kingdom. Mirdha currently serves as Chairman for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) membership committee and is also a committee member for AEM's "I Make America” initiative.
Steve Fox has been with JCB for over 30 years. Originally joining the organization as a Mechanical Engineer in the UK, Fox currently serves as the President of Direct Sales & Product for JCB North America. In this position, Fox is responsible for leading the growth of JCB’s sales to key rental and contractor accounts as well as managing the North American based product team.
Previously, Fox served in many roles at JCB including Regional Parts & Service Manager – Latin America and Regional Sales & Service Manager – International Sales. He also served as Vice President – Parts, Service and Attachments in North America before returning to the UK as the Group Service Director.
Richard Fox-Marrs joined JCB in the UK in 1991 and in March of 2016, Fox-Marrs moved to JCB North America to serve as President of Agriculture. In his new position, Fox-Marrs is responsible for all aspects of JCB North America’s growing Agricultural division.
During his over 25 years with JCB, Fox-Marrs has served in a variety of positions including Managing Director of the Telehandler business unit and Managing Director of JCB’s global Agricultural division. In addition, Fox-Marrs was responsible for establishing JCB Agriculture in North America in 2001.
Along with his extensive career with JCB, Fox-Marrs served on the Farm Equipment Council in the UK and was elected Chairman of the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) Farm Equipment Council for 2013-2014. He also served as a Board Member for AEA and represented the UK on the European Committee of Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Associations Board.
Steve Vernon has been with JCB for over 14 years and in North America for 12 of those years, currently serving as the company’s Vice President of Finance. Vernon began his career with JCB in 2002, starting as a Group Project Accountant, progressing from that role to Assistant Controller, then Controller before moving into his current position.
As Vice President of Finance, Vernon is responsible for all aspects of the company’s accounting and financial reporting operations, including the creation of JCB North America’s budget and forecast, as well as strategic planning for the organization. In addition to his financial responsibilities, Vernon leads the Management Information Systems (MIS) team who have seen recent successes such as the implementation of JCB FieldCommand, a product support reporting tool that has had a significant and positive impact on the business. Throughout his extensive career, he has been responsible for several financial system implementations including a Group wide roll out of financial reporting and consolidation software, and the JCB North America implementation of SAP.
Vernon graduated with a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Birmingham, UK and spent several years working for PwC in the UK where he earned his designation as a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA).
Along with his corporate responsibilities for JCB North America, Vernon serves as the Chair of the Board of Advisors for The Lady Bamford Center for Early Childhood Development, is a Board member of The United Way of the Coastal Empire and is a member of the United Way of the Coastal Empire’s Finance Committee.
Christian Baillie joined JCB in May of 2016 as the Vice President of Dealer Sales Construction to deliver the construction equipment goals set for the North American dealer network. He leads the construction equipment sales team in creating and delivering the strategic initiatives necessary to attain the growth goals for North America.
Baillie has more than 19 years of industry experience on the dealership and OEM sides of the business. Previously, he has held several Senior Director level positions responsible for areas such as sales, marketing and product development. In addition, Baillie served in several senior international roles in the Europe and Asia. Baillie is a graduate of Muhlenberg College with a B.A. in International Business and Political Science.
Ken, originally from Buffalo, New York, has been with JCB for over 10 years. Having spent 4 years at JCB world headquarters in Staffordshire, England as the JCB group-wide Sales & Operations Planning manager, Ken returned to the US in 2009 as Vice President Commercial Operations at JCB’s North American HQ here in Savannah where he oversees all commercial operations including Supply, JCB Finance and National Accounts.
Prior to joining JCB, Ken was with the John Deere Forestry and Construction division where he spent several years working in the Deere-Hitachi joint venture with the Hitachi Construction Equipment Corporation based in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to this, Ken worked in the Japanese automotive industry.
Ken, fluent in Japanese, began his career as a teacher with the Japanese government’s (JET) Japan Exchange Teaching program, hand selected by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Education. Ken lived in Japan for 5 years; taking a brief break to work as a PADI Dive Master in Cebu, Philippines.
Over his near 14 year career with JCB, Chris Giorgianni has served in several roles leading up to his current position as Vice President of Product Support and Government & Defense. Giorgianni began his career with JCB as a Product Marketing Specialist for Backhoe Loaders in 2003. After a little more than a year in the role, he advanced to the United Kingdom, becoming JCB’s first American employee to be based at the company’s world-wide headquarters. While overseas, he spent 1 ½ years as the Global Product Manager for Backhoe Loaders and another eighteen months as Regional Manager for the Nordic, Poland and Baltic States.
Returning to the US in 2007, he rejoined the North American team as General Manager of the Southeast Region. Following that role, Giorgianni served in the role of General Manager of Product Marketing and recently Vice President of Product where he was the North American knowledge base for all things product related, leading a team of product and sales managers. In addition, he managed and mentored the employees in JCB’s Management Trainee Program. In January of 2014, Giorgianni was promoted to Vice President of Product Support, where he leads the service and parts operations in the USA, Canada and Mexico. In January of 2015, in addition to Product Support, he assumed global responsibility for JCB's Government and Defense division.
Originally from Pittsburg, PA Giorgianni received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the United States Air Force Academy. A decorated Air Force veteran, he served his country meritoriously, earning numerous awards and obtaining the rank of Captain prior to leaving the military to join the heavy equipment industry in 1998.
Tim Witter joined JCB North America in 2015 as the Vice President of Manufacturing for JCB's North American Headquarters. Tim joins JCB with expansive experience in the manufacturing industry including over 18 years with Gorbel Inc., a global overhead handling solutions manufacturer. During his tenure with Gorbel he served as the Vice President of Operations responsible for all areas of manufacturing, production, logistics, engineering, IT and product development.
Prior to his time at Gorbel, Tim spent six years with Champion Products, a uniform manufacturing company where he held several positions, including Industrial Engineer and Engineering Manager. Tim also spent five years at Melton Shirt Company as the Director of Operations.
An involved member of the manufacturing community, Tim serves as an Executive Committee Member of FAME (Finger Lake Advanced Manufacturer's Enterprise), as a member of the Georgia Tech Savannah Advisory Board, Georgia Southern College of Engineering and Information Technology Advisory Board and Finger Lake Community College Instrumentation and Automation Advisory Board. Tim is an avid fisherman and enjoys spending time with his wife and traveling to see his four adult children.
Thom Peebles joined JCB Inc. in January, 2014 as Vice President of Marketing responsible North American Marketing and Brand Development activities. Thom joins JCB from Hyster-Yale Material Handling, where he oversaw all brand marketing activities for the Hyster, Yale, and UTILEV brands. Prior to his time at Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Thom held several positions at Michelin North America to include NA Brand Director, responsible for all aspects of marketing BFGoodrich, Uniroyal, and several other North American market brands. He also previously served as Director of Sales for the North American car dealer channel. Thom gained solid experience managing key organizations to grow brand equity and sales.
Thom served as an officer in the US Army after graduating from Texas A&M University and currently resides in the Savannah area with his wife and two children.
Tonya Poole joined JCB in 2012 and currently serves as the Vice President of Human Resources for JCB Inc. and is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the Human Resources function, including organizational development, talent management, compensation and benefits, employee relations, compliance and staffing for North America.
Prior to joining JCB, she served in Senior Human Resource roles within large Corporate law firms in Atlanta.
Since joining JCB, Poole has been instrumental in the creation and development of the JCB Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program that has received regional and state accolades. She is actively involved in the Savannah manufacturing community, Poole currently serves on several Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards in the Savannah area including the Savannah Technical Institute, the Woodville Tompkins Advisory Board, the Jenkins High School Advisory Board, the SEDA Workforce in Action Committee and the MLET – Maritime Logistics Education Task Force.
Poole earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from the University of Memphis and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.