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A chemical engineer, Aiken is a former di- rector of BTR and a former managing director of BTR Nylex, following a long career at BOC where his last role was managing director gases Europe. Trevor Eastwood, 64 Nonexecutive Chairman, Wesfarmers, Perth “With the continuing resources boom Wesfarmers has done very well in the past 12 months, but there has been some nervousness relating to our coal business because, with very high coal prices, it now makes up a large part of our revenue,” Trevor Eastwood told Engineers Australia magazine. Eastwood holds a mechanical engineering degree from the University of WA. He started his career with the then Westralian Farmers Cooperative in 1963 and held a number of management positions up until his retirement in 1992, including his final eight years as managing director of Wesfarmers. He was appointed chairman of Westfarmers in 2002. Since its public listing in 1984 Wesfarmers’ assets have grown from $400 million to more than $7 billion and it has diversified into a conglomerate employing 30,000 people. Kirby Adams, 50 Managing Director and CEO of Bluescope Steel, Melbourne Industrial engineer Kirby Adams was appointed managing director and chief executive officer of BlueScope Steel in 2002. Bluescope Steel’s revenue was about $8 billion in the 2005 calendar year, up almost $1 billion on the year before. The firm has almost 18,000 employees, less than half of whom (8300) are located in Australia. The rest of the labour force is spread between North America, South East Asia, China, New Zealand and the Pacific. Adams was appointed to Bluescope’s board in May 2002, having been chief executive officer of the former BHP Steel since March 2000. He joined BHP in 1995 and has held the positions of president BHP Services, group general manager and chief executive officer BHP Service Companies, and corporate general manager Planning and Development. Leigh Clifford, 58 Chief Executive, Rio Tinto Ltd, London “Notwithstanding our record levels of investment and return of capital to shareholders, we are generating cash that is surplus to our needs, enabling us to maintain a strong balance sheet and retain our capacity to take advantage of opportunities as they arise,” Leigh Clifford told shareholders recently. He said Rio Tinto’s strategy is to focus on long life, low cost assets which can still deliver good returns when markets are weak. Rio Tinto is a diversified mining company, with more than 30,000 staff and a profit of US$8.3 billion holding a portfolio of investments in aluminium, copper, diamonds, gold, coal, iron ore and industrial minerals. It has operations spanning six continents and is the third largest mining company in the world. Originally from South Australia, Clifford graduated from the University of Melbourne with a bachelor of engineering in mining and a masters in engineering science. His work and travel consume a lot of time, but he still manages to fit in some golf and cycling. Chris Denney, 56 CEO, Downer Engineering, Sydney A civil engineering graduate from Sydney University, Chris Denney has more than 30 years experience in construction engineering and contracting services in Australia and New Zealand. He became CEO of Downer Engineering in 1998 and has led the development of the division from a civil engineering and building construction focused business to one offering specialist skills in food processing and in contracting services for the telecommunications, electrical, industrial, resources and oil and gas industries. Downer Engineering, headquartered in Sydney, employs more than 6000 staff. Its most recent annual turnover figure was about $1.4 billion. The firm, a division of the publicly-listed Downer EDI, focuses on process engineering, telecommunications, the power industry and electrical and mechanical contracting services. Its key markets are in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. David Clarke, 62 Managing director and CEO of Rinker Group, Florida David Clarke has spent his entire career in the heavy building materials industry and he has worked extensively in the US, Australia and Southeast Asia. He graduated as a civil engineer from the West Australia Institute of Technology in 1966 and joined the Readymix Group, then 50% owned by the sugar and construction materials firm CSR. Clarke had been a director of Rinker Ma- terials since 1987, CEO of Rinker Materials since 1992 and an executive director of CSR from 1996 to 2003. He joined the Rinker board early in 2003, the same year the Rinker Group was established following the demerger of the heavy building materials business of CSR. Rinker is one of the world’s top 10 construc- tion materials companies and supplies aggregate, cement, concrete block, asphalt, concrete pipe and other construction materials. The firm’s net profit after tax was more than US$740 million for the year ended in March 2006. The group has more than 14,000 employ- ees in over 770 sites in the US, Australia and China. About 85% of the earnings comes from Rinker Materials in the US. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2006 31 30-38 g- industry 31 6/1/06, 8:26 PM 100 TOP industry