Key executive promotions at Topcon Positioning Systems have been announced.

Colin Kavanagh


Colin Kavanagh, vice president of operations for Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS), has been promoted to senior vice president of operations. He was also appointed to the TPS strategic management team.

Mick Yamazaki, TPS chief operating officer, said, “Colin has brought a new management dynamic to the operations department. His experience and energy have been invaluable to all TPS business units.  Now, as a member of the strategic management team, Colin will provide added operational perspective as we continue to bring our customers the most innovative and reliable products.”

Also promoted to senior vice presidents of TPS departments are: John Beaver, quality assurance and services/support; Cindy Hudson, information technology; Jim Paetz, finance; and Randy Samuels, general counsel.

Ray O’Connor, TPS president and CEO, said, “The executive management team is dedicated to continuing to evolve our business plan and practices, always striving to exceed the needs of the markets we serve. We are fortunate to have executives of this caliber leading important segments of the company.”

The TPS organization includes four primary business units providing precision positioning, mapping, and data management products and systems to the construction, surveying, agricultural, and geo-information markets.

Cindy Hudson



Jim Paetz





Randy Samuels