LIVERMORE, Calif. – Only two years after Topcon Corporation announced the promotion of Ray O’Connor to managing executive officer, the president and CEO of Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) has been promoted to company senior managing executive officer. He has also been named president of the newly formed Positioning Company division of Topcon Corporation.
In 2010, O’Connor became the first non-Japanese executive officer of the
O’Connor, based in Livermore,
Calif., is also chairman of the
board of Topcon Europe Positioning, as well as chairman of both Sokkia America
Corporation and Sokkia Europe BV,
and serves as direct adviser to Topcon President Norio Uchida. He will continue
to fill these present positions, as well as other positions within the
“For the past 10 years, Ray has been a creative and driving force in growing
the Topcon positioning business not only in the United States but
globally. His adherence to sound business management practices, adoption
of and putting into place ‘lean manufacturing’ operations through TPS, and his
total understanding of the key markets in which we compete has proved
invaluable to Topcon,” Uchida said.
“Ray is a total business professional who uses extraordinary sound business
management skills combined with strategically aggressive initiatives to
deliver, time and again, positive results even when confronted with market
Uchida said, “Under his leadership, our positioning business in the Americas, Australia
and Europe has dramatically exceeded our
In addition to leading Topcon’s efforts in its core markets of construction,
surveying and civil engineering, GIS and mobile mapping, O’Connor has also
provided the guidance for Topcon’s growth into the global precision
agricultural industry and its OEM expansion.
“I am grateful for the opportunities and confidence that the Topcon management
and executive committee, and especially Mr. Uchida, have shown to me during the
years. I admire the progressive philosophy of the Topcon organization and
it is an honor to serve among the highest levels of leaders, a responsibility
that I take with greatest appreciation.
“But I am most proud in how our team has worked cohesively, tirelessly and
aggressively to explore every opportunity for growth during the past years, and
certainly during the worldwide recession. The team members worked hard to
increase our technology and market foundation for the future.”
O’Connor joined Topcon in 1993 as the North America
sales manager for construction lasers. By 1995, he had guided the company
through the acquisition of Advance Grade Technologies and formed a separate
division, Topcon Laser Systems. In 2000, he led Topcon’s acquisition of
JPS to bring Topcon the basis of its world-leading GPS technologies. Then
in 2001, he managed the formations of Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) that
consolidated all of Topcon’s construction and survey business in the Americas.
In 2008, O’Connor contributed to the successful consolidation of Topcon and
Sokkia Corporation in the market.
In 2002, he was promoted to president of TPS and was appointed chairman of the
board of Topcon Europe Positioning in 2005. He was a Toshiba Corporation businessperson
of the year in 2005, the first person of non-Japanese descent to receive the
Currently, under O’Connor’s direction, TPS has more than 1,000 employees on
Topcon Corporation Promotes Ray O'Connor to New Position
June 28, 2012