COLLEAGUES have bid a fond farewell to JCB’s chief executive officer Alan Blake who is retiring from the company after almost a quarter of a century of service.
Alan Blake became JCB CEO on January 1 2010 – only the fifth person to hold the position. Dozens of friends and colleagues gathered at the World HQ in Rocester to say goodbye at a special presentation.
Mr Blake, who will remain as an Advisor to JCB, said: “Coming to JCB was one of the best decisions of my life; the breadth and width of what you can learn here is enormous and the opportunity to achieve great things is endless.
“I have been fortunate to have a great career here and one that has coincided with the global growth of the company. I have met and worked with some truly brilliant people all around the world and I will never forget my time at JCB.”
Chief executive officer designate Graeme Macdonald, who takes over as CEO on January 1, said: “Alan has contributed a huge amount to the growth and success of JCB over many years. The expansion projects Alan led enabled JCB to double its production from 36,000 to 72,000 machine over a five year period. “On behalf of the 11,000 JCB employees around the world, our dealers and customers, we wish him a very long and happy retirement.”