Richard Fox-Marrs is president and chief executive officer of JCB Inc., responsible for JCB operations in North America, including sales and support for the construction, agricultural, rental, government and defense industries. Additionally, Fox-Marrs is leads production at JCB North America Headquarters, where the company manufactures telescopic handlers, skid steer and compact track loaders, and construction machines for the U.S. military and its allies.
Fox-Marrs is a 27-year veteran of JCB. Prior to his current appointment, he served as JCB North America’s president of Agriculture. His previous positions included managing director of the Loadall telescopic handler business unit and managing director of JCB’s global Agricultural division. Fox-Marrs’ work in the North American market dates back to 2001 when he was responsible for establishing JCB Agriculture in North America.
Fox-Marrs currently serves on the board of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and has served on the Farm Equipment Council in the UK and was chairman of the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) Farm Equipment Council in 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.
In 2008, Patterson accepted the position of chairman and CEO of JCB Inc., stepping down as worldwide CEO to focus his attention on growing market share in North America and underscoring the company’s commitment to the North American market. 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 North America Headquarters in Savannah, Georgia. These machines were the first 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. He does, however, 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. He is a member of the Georgia Institute of Technology Advisory Board in Atlanta and is a former president of the Federation of Manufacturers of Construction Equipment and Cranes (FMCEC).
Steve Fox has been with JCB for more than 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 product team.
Previously, Fox served in numerous roles at JCB, including regional parts and service manager for Latin America ,and international regional sales and service manager. He also served as vice president of parts, service and attachments in North America before returning to the U.K. as the group service director.
Karen Harrison is vice president of Finance for JCB North America. In this role, she leads financial planning, financing strategies, analysis, forecasting and budget management, and enforces accounting and reporting procedures for JCB operations in the United States and Canada.
In a JCB career spanning more than 20 years, Harrison has accumulated a wealth of experience and knowledge. Immediately prior to her current appointment, she was the JCB group commercial financial controller, based at JCB World Headquarters in the U.K. Her earlier positions included senior financial controller for Commercial Operations and financial controller for Loadall, Heavy Products and JCB Service.
Karen is a member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Christian Baillie joined JCB in May of 2016 as the vice president of Construction Equipment Dealer Sales 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 held several senior director-level positions in sales, marketing and product development, and 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.
Roy Kerr is vice president Product Support at JCB North America. In this role, he is responsible for the company's service and parts operations in the United States and Canada.
Since joining JCB in 1985, Kerr has held several key roles within JCB Sales and Service in the U.K., Australasia, Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Caribbean and China. Immediately prior to his current position, he was general manager for JCB Global Customer Support.
Over his 16-year career with JCB, Chris Giorgianni has served in several roles leading up to his current position as Vice President of Government & Defense. Giorgianni began his career with JCB as a Product Specialist for Backhoe Loaders in 2003. Shortly after, he became JCB’s first American employee to be based at the company’s global headquarters, serving as Product Manager for Backhoe Loaders and as Regional Manager for Northern Europe.
Returning to the US in 2007, he rejoined the North American team as General Manager of the Southeast Region. Giorgianni then served as Product Marketing General Manager, followed by a promotion to Vice President of Product. In 2014, he assumed the role of Vice President of Product Support, where he led the service & parts operations in the USA, Canada and Mexico. In January of 2015, he also assumed global responsibility for JCB's Government & Defense division.
With the rapid growth of the Government & Defense business, and its significance to the JCB global operation, in September 2017, he assumed sole responsibility as Vice President of Government & Defense.
In addition to his role in Government & Defense, Giorgianni is also actively involved in The Lady Bamford Center, currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Advisors. Since 2007, The Lady Bamford Center has worked to improve the lives of thousands of children in Savannah. The Center provide educational and social skills development for children aged 6 weeks to four years old, and often from disadvantaged circumstances.
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA Giorgianni received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the U.S. Air Force Academy. A decorated veteran, he served his country meritoriously, prior to leaving the military to join the heavy equipment industry in 1998.
David Hill is vice president, West Coast for JCB North America. In this role, he leads the JCB West Coast Operations Center in Santa Monica, California, and is responsible for JCB business operations and overseeing product sales and support in the western United States.
During his 17-year career with JCB, Hill has served in several key positions. Prior to his current appointment, he served as sales director for JCB Power Products. Other positions have included director and general manager for JCB Russia and managing director of International Sales.
Ken Bianco has been with JCB for 15 years. After four years at JCB World Headquarters in the U.K. as the group-wide sales and operations planning manager, Bianco returned to the U.S. in 2009 as vice president of Commercial Operations to oversee commercial operations—including business planning, supply, inbound/outbound logistics and JCB Finance—at JCB North America Headquarters.
Prior to JCB, Bianco lived and worked in Japan for several years, first with the Japanese government’s Japan Exchange Teaching program and then with various companies in the construction, automotive and software industries.
Bianco is a graduate of the Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. He serves on the board of directors for the World Trade Center Savannah and served on the board of directors for the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA).
Andrea Whelan is vice president of Direct Sales and is responsible for developing and growing JCB’s direct accounts business across North America. Since joining JCB in 2003, Whelan and has held positions of increasing seniority, including inside sales representative, regional account manager and general manager of Direct Sales.
Whelan is a graduate of Georgia Southern University. Prior to joining JCB, Whelan worked as a media buyer and a regional marketing manager.
Andrea is actively involved with Women United, NPH USA and the Calvary Baptist Temple, and is a member of Kappa Delta sorority.
Tonya Poole joined JCB in 2012 and currently serves as the vice president of Human Resources for JCB North America with responsibility for organizational development, talent management, compensation and benefits, employee relations, compliance and staffing. Additionally, Poole oversaw the development of the JCB Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program, which has received regional and state accolades.
Prior to joining JCB, she served in senior Human Resource roles within corporate law firms in Atlanta. Poole currently serves on several 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.