John Patterson, deputy chairman of JCB, was appointed as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List. The honor has been awarded to Patterson in recognition of his services to British business development worldwide.
“I am extremely humbled by this announcement,” said Patterson. “I am very proud to receive the honor and all that it represents. This is a tribute to the many people within the JCB worldwide organization, especially Sir Anthony Bamford. I would not have been able to achieve this without his faith in me and his leadership, guidance and wisdom.”
Patterson joined JCB 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 build JCB’s global expansion. Under the last five years of his worldwide leadership, retail sales increased by 98 percent and revenue increased by 107 percent. In the past 10 years, Patterson has opened new manufacturing facilities in Savannah, Ga.; 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 percent, 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.
“John’s contribution to both JCB and British business over the past 40 years has been immense, and I am delighted that he has received this well-deserved recognition,” said JCB Chairman Sir Anthony Bamford.
His dedication to the industry extends beyond his role at JCB. In 2007, Patterson was elected to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) board of directors. 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, as well as chairman of the Savannah affiliate board. He is a former president of the Federation of Manufacturers of Construction Equipment and Cranes (FMCEC).
Honors Lists are published twice a year at New Year and in mid-June on the date of The Queen’s official birthday. All honorees have been through a rigorous selection process overseen by Cabinet Office committees before their names are recommended to The Queen by the Prime Minister to be included in the Honors List. Patterson will receive the Honor at Buckingham Palace later in 2011.