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Topcon names Di Federico Global Senior VP for Engineering

June 6, 2008


LIVERMORE, CA -- Ivan Di Federico has been named senior vice president of global engineering for Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS). The announcement was made by Ray O’Connor, TPS president and CEO.

For the past three years Di Federico had been general manager of TSD Integrated Controls, a joint venture between Topcon and Sauer-Danfoss, a world leader in the design, manufacture and sale of engineered hydraulic, electric and electronic systems and components.

In making the announcement, O’Connor said, “Ivan has been successful at every single position in his professional career. While serving as TSD general manager, Ivan did an outstanding job in key areas –financial performance, product innovation and worldwide market penetration.”

He said, “Ivan achieved outstanding sales growth figures, led the efforts to introduce SiteLINK and telematics products in 2007, and personally led successful efforts to gain major account sales with Topcon Precision Agriculture products.

“His background in technical sales, research and development, engineering and testing and global product development will be invaluable assets to Topcon,” O’Connor said. “It is a fact that in his position with TSD he has already made considerable contributions to TPS.”

Di Federico said, “Topcon’s reputation for innovative product development and manufacturing of precise positioning equipment is exceptional. The company’s engineers and scientists lead the industry in conceiving and developing the world’s most advanced precision GPS, GIS, laser, agriculture, telematics, optical surveying and machine control products, software and applications.

“I am extremely proud to be selected for this position and will do whatever it takes to assist in executing superior product engineering for all new products.”

Prior to his stint at TSD, Di Federico was director of Sauer-Danfoss’ technical sales department for Europe, and earlier served as director of global product development for electronics.

Prior to joining Sauer-Danfoss he was R&D electronics manager for Caterpillar Paving Products. Other positions include manager for engineering and testing for Bitelli Paving Products and manager of engineering for Costruzioni Meccaniche Bertoli, both located in Italy.

Di Federico has masters degrees in both aeronautical engineering and business administration.