Executive Team

Andrea Whelan is vice president of Direct Accounts 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 Accounts.

Whelan is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and Effingham County High School. Prior to joining JCB, Whelan worked as a media buyer and a regional marketing manager.

Andrea is actively involved with Women United, United Rentals’ women in construction organization, NPH USA and the Calvary Baptist Temple, and is a member of Kappa Delta sorority. Andrea also enjoys boating, reading and cooking.

David Hill is Vice President - West Coast for JCB North America. In this role, David 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, David has served in several key positions. Prior to his current appointment, he served as Sales Director - JCB Power Products. Other positions have included including Director and General Manager - JCB Russia, and Managing Director - International Sales.

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's Savannah headquarters, where the company manufactures the 3CX backhoe loader, skid steer and compact track loaders, along with the military specific High Mobility Engineer Excavator and Light Capability Rough Terrain Forklift. Fox-Marrs’ appointment is effective immediately.

Fox-Marrs is a 26-year veteran of JCB. Prior to his current appointment, Fox-Marrs 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.

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.

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.

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 15 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 Business Planning, Supply, Inbound/Outbound Logistics and JCB Finance.

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 and software industries.

Ken, fluent in Japanese, graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and began his career with the Japanese government’s (JET) Japan Exchange Teaching program, hand selected by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Education. Ken lived and worked in Japan for 5 years and also worked as a PADI Dive Master in Cebu, Philippines.

Ken serves on the board of directors for the World Trade Center Savannah and also served on the board of directors for the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA).

Chris Giorgianni is the vice president of Government & Defense for JCB North America. In this role, Giorgianni leads JCB’s global defense business headquartered in Savannah, Georgia, and provides commercial-off-the-shelf and bespoke construction equipment to military customers in the United States and around the world.

Previously, Giorgianni was vice president of Product Support, responsible for providing after-market and sustainment solutions for JCB equipment throughout North America. He has held several leadership positions with the company, including vice president of Product, general manager of Product Marketing and general manager for the Southeast Region.

After joining JCB in 2003 as a product marketing specialist, Girogianni became the company’s first U.S. employee to be appointed to a position at JCB global headquarters in the U.K. where he worked for several years, first as global product manager for Backhoe Loaders and regional manager for Poland and the Nordic and Baltic States.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Giorgianni received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the United States Air Force Academy. He is a decorated Air Force veteran who he served his country meritoriously before retiring at the rank of Captain.

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.

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 United State & Canada.

In a JCB career spanning more than 20 years, Karen has accumulated a wealth of experience and knowledge. Immediately prior to her current appointment, she was the JCB Group Commercial Financial Controller, based at the company's world headquarters in the U.K. Her earlier positions included Senior Financial Controller-Commercial Operations and Financial Controller for Loadall, Heavy Products and JCB Service.

Karen is a Member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

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, Roy has held a number of 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.