JCB chief executive Alan Blake has retired after almost 25 years with the company.
Dozens of friends and colleagues gathered at the company's headquarters in Rocester to say goodbye at a special presentation.
His replacement Graeme Macdonald, who takes over 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 over a five year period.
“In addition to his vast achievements at JCB, he will also be remembered for his humility and for making time to speak to everyone, no matter what their rank or position and that’s something we are all going to miss. On behalf of JCB employees around the world, our dealers and customers, we wish him a very long and happy retirement.”
Blake, who will remain as an advisor to JCB, said: “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.”