Toshiba Honors Topcon's O'Connor; CEO First Person of Non-Japanese Descent to Win Award in 130 Years.LIVERMORE, Calif. -- On the 130th anniversary of its founding, Toshiba Corporation (company) Toshiba Corporation - A Japanese technology manufacturer with 364 subsidiaries worldwide. Toshiba makes and sells electronics for home, office, industry and health care including information and communication systems, electronic components, heavy electrical apparatus, (NIKKEI JP:6502 and NIKKEI JP:7732), recently named Ray O'Connor Raymond James O'Connor (born 1926) was the Liberal Party Premier of Western Australia from January 25 1982 until February 25 1983. He was also known as "Rocky".
He was born in Perth and attended convent and government schools in the wheatbelt towns of Narrogin and York, and , CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of Topcon Positioning Systems of Livermore, Calif., as recipient of Toshiba's prestigious Business Performance Award.
Each year Toshiba recognizes outstanding performance within its extended company by presenting the special award. This year, for the first time in the 130-year history of Toshiba, the Business Performance Award was presented to a person of non-Japanese descent.
O'Connor received the award in recognition of his "superior leadership and performance" in creating a leading market share for Topcon Precision Positioning products in the world civil engineering and construction markets. Toshiba President and CEO Atsutoshi Nishida presented the award in a recent ceremony at company headquarters in Tokyo.
"It is indeed an honor to have Ray and Topcon recognized as one of the very best performers in an industry that is renowned for creativity and innovation," said Topcon Corporation President Koji Suzuki Koji Suzuki (鈴木光司 Suzuki Kōji born May 13 1957) is a Japanese writer, who currently lives in Tokyo. Suzuki is the author of the Ringu cycle of novels. . "This award is also confirmation of the commitment and abilities of our research and development teams around the world." Suzuki added.
"I am happy to have been selected by Toshiba to receive this honor," O'Connor said. "This award is for all of the dedicated and great minds that we have throughout the globe that provide us the ability to create products that are both expanding the applications for our core technologies while propelling pro·pel
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[Middle English propellen, from Latin their integration to create unique solutions."
Among all of Topcon's subsidiaries, TPS (1) (Transactions Per Second) The number of transactions processed within one second. TPS is a better rating for the performance of hardware and software than the common MHz and GHz rating of the computer. is the most profitable and contributed significantly to Topcon's dramatic rise in stock value on the Nikkei Stock Index, from $2.15 to more than $25.98 in the past three years (based on current exchange rates).
(Note: O'Connor is a native of Ireland and is a resident of Danville, Calif.)
Topcon Corporation, the parent company of TPS, has revenues approaching $1 billion annually and employs more than 4,000 worldwide with 14 domestic subsidiaries, and 26 subsidiaries worldwide.
Topcon Positioning Systems, based in Livermore, California Livermore is a city in Alameda County, California, United States. The population was 80,723 as of January 1, 2007. Livermore is located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Livermore is a "major suburb" of the Bay Area. , is the Global Positioning Satellite and equipment automation engineering and manufacturing subsidiary of Topcon Corporation.