Posted September 20, 2017

Atlas Copco Construction appoints 3 VPs/Business line managers 

Rob Johnston, Jim O’Brien and Massimo Caiazza are based in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Atlas Copco Construction Equipment North America has appointed three Vice Presidents/Business Line Managers serving the U.S. and Canada: Rob Johnston, Air & Tools; Jim O’Brien, Power Generation, Pumps and Lighting; and Massimo Caiazza, Aftermarket.

Johnston, O’Brien and Caiazza are responsible for leading and growing their North American divisions within the new Atlas Copco Power Technique global business area. They are based in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where Atlas Copco’s new 197,000-square-foot manufacturing facility opened in early 2017.

“Atlas Copco is evolving to better serve our customers in the U.S. and Canada,” said Scott Carnell, President of Atlas Copco Construction Equipment North America. “Rob, Jim and Massimo have the experience, expertise and commitment to help lead us forward.”

Rob Johnston, Air & Tools


Johnston has worked with Atlas Copco since 2011, most recently as Business Line Manager – Portable Energy Division for Atlas Copco Construction Equipment Canada. In his new role, he is responsible for the company’s lines of portable compressors, handheld pneumatic, electric and hydraulic construction tools, and compaction and concrete products.

The move returns Johnston to Rock Hill, where he served as Factory Product Manager and managed a large portfolio of Atlas Copco Portable Energy equipment from 2013-15. He originally joined Atlas Copco as Western Regional Sales Manager in Canada after holding roles with Cat Rentals/Finning.

“Atlas Copco is about forward-thinking and creating customer value,” Johnston said. “We’ll continue to strive to provide innovative air and tools solutions that maximize efficiency on the most demanding job sites.”

Jim O’Brien, Power Generation, Pumps and Lighting


O’Brien brings to his new position nearly 20 years of international leadership experience with the Atlas Copco family of companies, including business development, sales management and product development expertise. He is responsible for the company’s lines of power generation solutions, pumps and light towers.

O’Brien has led in a variety of Atlas Copco roles globally including: Key Customer Manager – Portable Energy Division (based in Belgium); Regional Marketing Manager – Portable Air for China, East Asia and Australia (China); and Integration and Business Development Manager (Denver, Colorado). Most recently, he held the position of Vice President/Business Line Manager for the U.S. Construction Tools Division, based in Denver. 

“There’s tremendous opportunity for power and flow solutions in the markets we serve,” O’Brien said. “I look forward to expanding our dealer network, growing our business and ultimately helping our customers increase productivity.”

Massimo Caiazza, Aftermarket


Previously the Atlas Copco Vice President of Marketing – Parts & Service for the Construction Tools Division in Germany, Caiazza now heads the North American service division of the global Power Technique business area. He is responsible for the aftermarket business for air and tools, power generation, pumps and lighting.

Caiazza has worked with Atlas Copco since 2005, including roles as a Product Manager –  Construction Tools, Portable Energy Business Line Manager in Italy and Marketing Manager for the Construction Tools service division in Germany.

“We’re dedicated to helping customers achieve maximum equipment availability at minimum total operating cost,” Caiazza said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to take our service business to the next level.”

Announced in July, the newly renamed Atlas Copco Power Technique business area —formerly Construction Technique — serves a range of customer segments including construction, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, and emergency relief among others. In addition to the core portfolio of construction products, the Power Technique business area provides products and custom solutions through a network of direct sales, authorized dealers, rental yards, and manufacturer representatives.

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