Ray O'Connor

Ray O’Connor is President and Chief Executive Officer of Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc. (TPS), a position he has held since 2002. He is also President of the Positioning Operating Company, one of three companies that form Topcon Corporation, where he serves as Senior Managing Executive Officer.

Additionally, he has served as Chairman of Topcon Europe Positioning Business since 2005. He is a Director of Topcon America Corporation and Topcon Europe BV.

From its headquarters in Livermore, California, Topcon Positioning Systems manages more than 30 operations located in 15 countries on five continents, with a workforce of more than 2,000 people engaged in the design, manufacturing and distribution of precision measurement and workflow solutions for the global construction, geospatial and agriculture markets. TPS is driven to help meet the global demand for new and improved infrastructure and sustainable agriculture through the increased adoption of job site and farm automation systems.

After joining Topcon in 1993, Mr. O’Connor led the growth of TPS through strategic initiatives beginning in 1995. Since then, TPS revenue has experienced dramatic organic growth, while adding new revenue and market opportunities. TPS revenue will exceed $700 million this fiscal year. He directed the acquisition of four global manufacturers: Kee Technologies, headquartered in Australia; Digi-Star, headquartered in the United States; Wachendorff Elektronik, headquartered in Germany; and NORAC Industries, headquartered in Canada.

Most recently, he continued the expansion of the company’s global software and workflow solutions business in the horizontal and vertical construction markets though purchases of companies including Viasys VDC, ThunderBuild BV Group, and ClearEdge3D.

 Mr. O’Connor has received multiple business and academic honors as a result of his leadership in the positioning and geospatial industries. In 2006, he was the first non-Japanese recipient of the Toshiba Corporation Business Performance Award in its 130-year history. He received the award for his “superior leadership and performance” in creating a leading market share for Topcon positioning products in the global civil engineering and construction markets.

More recent awards include honorary doctorates from his alma mater, the Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland), for “achievements in international business and innovation” and the Second University of Naples (Italy) for “industrial design for innovation”. He was named Geospatial Business Leader of the Year for 2012, recognized “as the champion of surveying and positioning technologies in the world.”

In 2013, Mr. O’Connor became the youngest inductee into the elite Association of Equipment Manufacturers Hall of Fame, which recognizes and celebrates outstanding individuals in the off-road equipment industry, and their legacy of innovation, service and leadership.

In 2016, he was recognized by Irish America magazine as one of the top 100 U.S business leaders with Irish heritage.

He was also recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers with his term beginning in 2019, where he has served on its Construction Equipment Sector Board for the previous four years.