Topcon Positioning Systems announced an executive-level shift in its sales and marketing organization that is “a natural result of the consolidation of our positioning products divisions almost two years ago,” said Ray O’Connor, company president.

Effective May 1, 2003, Charles Rihner holds the position of vice president, marketing, and Jamie Williamson has become vice president, sales. Both were previously vice presidents in charge of sales and marketing for survey-oriented or construction-oriented products respectively. Both of those positions have been eliminated. Rihner joined Topcon in January of 2001 as director of GPS sales. Williamson joined Topcon in 1995 and has held various sales and marketing positions including director of sales prior to becoming a vice president.

In his new position Rihner will direct all marketing activity for TPS. “This new structure will make us more efficient in our overall sales and marketing efforts, while allowing greater focus in each area,” Rihner said. “With our recent wave of new products and the innovative products currently in development, this change will help us quickly expand into the markets they create,” he said.

Williamson will be joined by Murray Lodge, promoted to national sales manager for machine control and laser products, and Peter Wallace, national sales manager for survey and GPS products, to oversee all sales activities of Topcon. The current territory management structure is unchanged. “The sales team we have at Topcon is unmatched in its experience and knowledge of the entire positioning products industry. Directing their coordinated efforts will not only be a great pleasure, it will bring exciting opportunities to all Topcon distributors,” Wiliamson said.

Lodge was previously national sales manager for machine control and joined Topcon in 1994 after an eight year association with Advanced Grade Technologies distributing machine control products. Wallace has been with Topcon since 1994 and has held various sales positions including sales manager for all products in Central and South America.