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Terex AWP president steps down, more leadership changes

Matt Fearon will leave Genie after 25 years while CEO and chairman John Garrison takes on president’s role at Terex AWP

June 15, 2020  By Crane & Hoist Canada

Left to right: John Garrison, Matt Fearon, and Simon Meester.

Terex Corporation announced Matt Fearon, the current president of its AWP brand Genie, is leaving on August 1 after 25 years with the company. John L. Garrison, Jr., chairman and CEO of Terex Corporation, will take on additional responsibilities as Terex AWP president immediately.

A statement from Genie said Simon A. Meester, vice president, global sales and marketing administration for AWP (aerial work platforms), will be promoted to COO, Terex Aerials.

Meester and Clint Weber, general manager of Terex Utilities, Terex’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 vice president operations, vice president and managing director of EMEAR, vice president and general manager, Americas, and ultimately president of AWP.”


Meester joined Terex in 2018 from Eaton Corporation, where he was vice president and general manager of the Industrial Control Division. Earlier, he spent 14 years in progressively senior roles at Caterpillar, before becoming president of 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.”

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