Leica Geosystems announced the appointment of Jim Naismith as vice president of sales for the South Central region, and Rod Eckels as vice president of sales for the Southwest region. Naismith joined Leica Geosystems in 2001 and has been working in the SR Americas Machine Control Group. Prior to joining Leica Geosystems, he worked with Javad Positioning Systems in worldwide sales and support and Topcon in machine control research and development. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a Registered Professional Land Surveyor and Licensed State Land Surveyor in Texas, and he spent seven years practicing cadastral and engineering surveying.
Eckels is an Australian surveyor who has been working with Leica Geosystems for the last 16 years. From 1987 to 1997, he worked for Leica Australia selling and promoting GPS products in the Australian market. He transferred to the Leica GPS facility in Southern California, where he assumed responsibility for GPS OEM business, with a primary goal of developing new markets for GPS machine guidance technology. Since the acquisition of Laser Alignment in 2001, Eckels has been involved with promoting the full range of machine control product lines. The South Central region includes Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri. The Southwest region consists of California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico.
Leica Geosystems, with worldwide headquarters in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, develops, manufactures and markets systems for surveying, mapping and position determination. The company, with 2,700 employees, has a turnover of almost 800 million Swiss francs and is listed on the Swiss Exchange. It is structured in six divisions: Surveying and Engineering, GIS and Mapping, Industrial Measurement, Special Products, Consumer Products and New Businesses (Cyrax). Along with the Swiss facilities, the company also has development and production subsidiaries in America and Asia. Leica Geosystems has 20 wholly owned sales subsidiaries worldwide and representation in more than 120 countries.