Leica Geosystems Launches Major Strategic Initiative to Expand Service and Support in North America

February 2, 2005 – Leica Geosystems today announced a major strategic initiative to expand and integrate technical support, service and training for customers in North America.  The effort is being spearheaded by Paul Stack, newly appointed vice president, support and service for the Americas.

Stack joins Leica Geosystems from Visteon Corporation, one of the world’s largest suppliers of automotive parts and integrated systems.  Prior to that, he held senior  business development positions at Invensys PLC and Johnson Controls.  He is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in mechanical engineering, and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Wisconsin. 

In his new role at Leica Geosystems, Stack will have responsibility for overseeing customer service and support for surveying, machine automation, mining, lasers and leveling systems throughout North America.  “Our goal is to integrate all aspects of customer support and service across the whole spectrum of products and systems under central management,” said Stack.  “We will soon unveil a number of exciting new programs for dedicated technical management and service support for customers.”

As part of this strategic initiative, Leica Geosystems will open a totally new resource and support center in Lawrenceville, Georgia, early in 2005.  This new facility will house the service and support organization for North America, and will feature a state-of-the-art training center.

Leica Geosystems, with worldwide headquarters in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, develops, manufactures and markets systems for surveying, mapping and position determination.  The company has a turnover of almost 700 million Swiss francs and is listed on the Swiss Exchange.  Leica currently has 2,370 employees, with 600 located in the United States.  It is structured in six divisions:  Surveying and Engineering, GIS and Mapping, Metrology, Special Products, Consumer Products and New Businesses.  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.

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