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Top 100 : 2006
100 TOP Jim Gill, 59 CEO of Water Corporation, Perth Dr Jim Gill is chief executive officer of Western Australia’s Water Corporation. He has been the executive in charge of the statewide utility since it was corporatised in 1996. In that time he has overseen a major water and wastewater capital development program that is now running at more than $600 million a year and this is expected to continue into the future. At the same time revenue has increased to more than $1 billion a year. For the past five years Gill has led the Wa- ter Corporation’s source development. Streamflow from catchments into dams providing 1.6 million people with their drinking water supplies has dropped by two thirds. This has presented formidable engineering challenges and culminated in 2004 in the Water Corporation recommending to the WA government that Australia’s first major seawater desalination plant be built in Perth. Gill has an engineering degree from the University of Western Australia, a PhD from Cambridge and a MBA from Harvard. Albert Goller, 55 Chairman and Managing Director of Siemens Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne Albert Goller commenced his career as an electronics engineer with Siemens in Germany in 1973. He has held a number of senior executive positions throughout the world including president and CEO of Siemens Canada in Toronto and head of the corporate office for e-business in Munich, Germany. Goller was appointed as chairman and managing director of Siemens in Australia and New Zealand in 2002. In 2005, Siemens in Australia and New Zealand earned $1.735 billion in sales and had a regional workforce of 3360. 32 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2006 30-38 g- industry 32 6/1/06, 8:27 PM The activities undertaken by the company in this region include power, communications, automation, transportation, healthcare and construction. Goller’s major achievement has been leading the Siemens Australia and NZ business in 2005 to what has been the company’s most successful and profitable year in its history. Goller has a masters degree in information and telecommunications from Paderborn University in Germany. Raymond Horsburgh, 63 CEO of Smorgon Steel Group, Melbourne Since becoming CEO of Smorgon Steel in 1998, Raymond Horsburgh has supervised an annual growth in revenue from $750 million to $3.5 billion. The company has operations in nine countries, with a total of 5000 employees. Horsburgh has been involved in takeovers of ANI, Metalcorp and Email. Following these takeovers, divestment of over 12 businesses valued at $1.5 billion was conducted. He also supervised acquisitions of Hartwell, GSA, ITI and several smaller companies. Horsburgh received training as an engi- neering cadet with ACI and went on to complete a chemical engineering degree. David Hudson, 60 Managing Director of Barclay Mowlem, Sydney David Hudson has been managing director of Barclay Mowlem since 1990. Barclay Mowlem is a standalone business of Carillion and has a market capitalisation of $2.25 billion within the global $10 billion parent construction and services company. Barclay Mowlem’s 2000 staff operate in Australia, Oceania and Asia. Hudson has taken a company and indus- try leadership role in the sponsorship of alliance and relationship contracting. The com- pany has now undertaken 11 alliance-type projects for a wide range of private and public clients. Hudson is vice-president and a founding director of the Australian Constructors Association (ACA) and chair of the ACA Contracts and Commercial Taskforce. Since 1996 he has also been a member of the Austrade Infrastructure Advisory Board, and the University of Technology Sydney’s Faculty of Engineering Industry Advisory Network. Prior to emigrating to Australia from South Africa in 1987, Hudson spent 19 years with the Murray & Roberts Group. He holds an honours degree in civil engineering from Leeds University, UK. He has also completed senior executive courses and programs from business schools in Stanford and Manchester. Hudson is a keen sailor, competing each weekend in the Sydney One Design Series at Pittwater, and annually in the Sydney to Coffs Harbour race. Wal King, 61 CEO of Leighton Holdings, Sydney Wal King was appointed CEO of Leighton Holdings in February 1987 after almost 20 years with the Leighton Group. He is also a director of all major operating subsidiaries. Leighton Holdings expects its annual net profit to rise around 20% this financial year. Leighton’s unaudited total revenues stood at $7.14 billion in the nine months to March. Work in hand stood at a record $16.1 billion at the end of March. The company employs over 27,000 people across Australia and Asia. King participates in various business groups and is president of the Australian Constructors Association (ACA). ACA member companies collectively employ over 49,000 people in their Australian and international operations. King was the 2001 winner of the ICAA/ Zurich Business Leader of the Year Award. He was also awarded the Institution of Engineers Australia’s highest individual award in 2001, the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal. In June 2004, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia. industry