CEA appoints JCB stalwart as first honorary president


The Construction Equipment Association (CEA) has announced JCB stalwart David Bell as its first honorary president. Following an engineering apprenticeship at Rolls-Royce, Bell joined JCB in 1974 as a graduate trainee and has been there ever since until his recent appointment.

During his 43-year career at the company, Bell held a variety of senior roles, including managing director of sales/service, agriculture, and backhoe loader/telescopic handler business units, and group HR director.

Bell also worked in the North American division for three years and has been involved in the JCB Academy since its conception, and currently holds the chairman of governors position.

On his new role at the trade association, Bell said, “The construction equipment industry is vitally important to the UK economy and I strongly believe it has a very bright future. The CEA is the voice of our industry and having spent my entire working life over 40 years working in different roles at JCB, I have a good understanding of the issues that everyone is facing. I’m really looking forward to championing the interests of the industry on behalf of the CEA at the highest level.”

Welcoming Bell, CEA chief executive Rob Oliver, said, “”David has been a well-known leader in the construction equipment industry for many years. His scope of experience and continuing enthusiasm for our sector is outstanding. I am thrilled that he has agreed to be our figurehead as our first ever honorary president. We very much look forward to working with him.”

August 18, 2017

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