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From left to right: John Garrison, Matt Fearon, Simon Meester.

Matt Fearon, president of Terex AWP, is leaving the company August 1. Fearon, who has spent 25 years with Genie and Terex AWP, will be replaced by John Garrison, Jr., chairman and CEO of Terex Corp. 

A reason for Fearon leaving has not yet been disclosed. 

Simon Meester, vice president, global sales and marketing administration for AWP, will be promoted to chief operating officer, Terex Aerials. Meester and Clint Weber, general manager of Terex Utilities, the company’s other business in the AWP segment, will both report directly to Garrison in his role as president, Terex AWP. The Terex Executive Leadership Team will continue to report to Garrison in his role as chairman and CEO of Terex Corporation.

“We thank Matt Fearon for his many contributions to Terex,” Garrison said. “Matt has been a dynamic and much-admired leader who helped Genie grow from a regional brand to a global powerhouse. He arrived as an engineer 25 years ago and went on to key roles including VP Operations, VP and Managing Director of EMEAR, VP and General Manager, Americas, and ultimately President of AWP.”

Meester joined Terex in 2018 from Eaton Corporation, where he was VP and general manager of the Industrial Control Division. Earlier, he spent 14 years in progressively senior roles at Caterpillar, Inc., before becoming president, Sandvik Mining and Construction in India. He has managed global teams and operations for 20 years, based in seven countries, including eight years in the U.S. He holds an MBA from the University of Surrey, England, and a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Engineering, Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

“I look forward to working closely with Simon and Clint, and their terrific teams at Genie and Utilities,” Garrison said. “We congratulate Simon on his expanded responsibilities, and we send best wishes to Matt for continued great success in the years ahead.”

We will update this story as more information becomes available.