Leica Geosystems Americas Announces New VP

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<p><strong>Norcross, Ga. &mdash; May 22</strong><br />Valerie Richardson has been appointed as vice president of construction for North America for Leica Geosystems.<br /><br />Effective immediately, Richardson will be responsible for sales, channel management, service, support and product marketing for all products and systems designed for the construction and industry segments, including construction and paving machine control; construction midrange instruments; exterior construction lasers and levels and the interior laser products. </p><p>Richardson reports directly to Bob Williams, president of Leica Geosystems Inc. Americas region.<br /><br />This new role also will bring Richardson in close collaboration with the newly formed Hexagon Machine Control and the Precision Tools Divisions worldwide, as well as the Geosystems Division, where she will support sales of midrange instruments to the construction segment.<br /><br />A two-year veteran of Leica Geosystems, Richardson aptly proved herself as an effective leader in her former position as vice president of strategic marketing and customer support, a position she had held since February 2005. </p><p>Before joining Leica Geosystems, Richardson served in various marketing, sales and channel development roles at Invensys PLC and Siemens Energy &amp; Automation. </p><p>She has lived and worked abroad, and she holds an MBA in finance from North Central College, as well as a master&#39;s degree in industrial/organizational psychology and a bachelor&#39;s degree in journalism from Drake University.<br /><br />&ldquo;Valerie is an effective leader and delivers quality results,&rdquo; Williams said. &ldquo;With her diverse business experience and skills in many areas related to increasing customer-focus, I am confident that she will unify her team to achieve our business goals for the construction and industry markets while continuing to improve customer satisfaction levels.&rdquo;</p>

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