A TOP JCB boss who has dedicated almost a quarter of a century to the digger giant has bid a fond farewell.
CEO Alan Blake is retiring from the Rocester-based company and friends and colleagues gathered at the World Headquarters to say goodbye at a special presentation.
Mr Blake joined JCB in 1989 from Westland Helicopters after a distinguished 19 year spell at the company which saw him rise through the ranks from apprentice to head of helicopter transmissions.
He became JCB CEO on January 1 2010 – only the fifth person to hold the position.
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.”
During his career he worked at JCB Transmissions where he was promoted to managing director in 1995. In 2000 he was appointed managing director of JCB Service before group manufacturing director for JCB’s global production operations in 2009 and chief operating officer in 2003.