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. 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 AEM Hall of Fame, which recognizes and celebrates outstanding individuals in the off-road equipment industry and their legacy of innovation, service and leadership.

In 2019 he was inducted into the National Academy of Construction, whose mission is to recognize individuals for their distinguished contributions to the industry and share their expertise as a service to the nation.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, as well as its CE Sector Board where he previously served from 2014 through 2018.

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