He takes over from long-serving JCB executive Chris Spring, who will retire from the company in late 2012.
Jo Bamford, aged 33, has for the past eight years been Managing Director of JCB Utility Products, based in Cheadle, Staffordshire. He prevoiusly spent two years as a fund manager with New Star Asset Management in the City of London before joining JCB in 2002 as a product specialist for the company’s skid steer product range based at JCB’s North American headquarters in Savannah, Georgia.
Career highlights include the launch of the JCB Workmax range of utility vehicles, and the company’s successful diversification into power generators.
In his new role as with JCB Compact Products, he will continue to retain responsibility for JCB Utility Products - the combined turnover of both businesses is in excess of £150 million.
Jo Bamford said “I am taking over as managing director of JCB Compact Products at a pivotal moment. The business is going from strength to strength and we have some exciting new product innovations coming through in the next couple of years, which will strongly improve our market position.”