Terex Corp. named John L. Garrison Jr. chief executive officer and president effective Nov. 2, 2015. He will also become a member of the Terex board of directors effective Nov. 2, 2015. Garrison will succeed outgoing CEO Ronald M. DeFeo, who will continue to serve as executive chairman of the company through Dec. 31, 2015. DeFeo will continue as a consultant for Terex after Dec. 31, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2016.
Garrison joins Terex from Textron Inc. where he served as president and CEO of their Bell Helicopter Segment. Prior to that, Garrison was president of Textron’s Industrial Segment and E-Z-GO. He was also president and CEO at Azurix Corp. and held senior leadership positions at Case Corp., and served as an officer in the United States Army.
“John is a proven leader with considerable experience across a variety of industries. The board considered a highly qualified pool of outstanding candidates and we strongly believe that John is the right person to lead Terex and Konecranes Terex into the future,” said David Sachs, Terex lead director. “We are grateful for Ron’s many contributions to Terex over the years and his leadership through both good and bad economic cycles in continuing to improve the Company into the premier company it is today. We are pleased that Ron will be available through the leadership transition.”
DeFeo added, “I am proud of the company Terex has become in my 23 years as Terex’s leader. With my planned retirement, this day was inevitable and I am confident that John will be able to continue to create value for our shareholders and the shareholders of Konecranes Terex.”
“I am extremely excited to be leading Terex at such an important time in its history. I look forward to building on the strong foundation the team has built and positioning Terex and Konecranes Terex for success in the future,” said Garrison.
Garrison is a 1982 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and received a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. He will be based in Westport, Conn.