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Peter McMorrow, 56 Managing Director of Leighton Contractors, Sydney Peter McMorrow was appointed managing director of Leighton Contractors in 2004. He has worked overseas as director and general manager in Asia where he was responsible for operations in Hong Kong, China and the Philippines. Recently, he was involved in Leighton’s acquisition of mining company Henry Walker Eltin which increased its workforce to 5000 with $3.8 billion worth of work in hand and an annual revenue in excess of $2 billion. McMorrow studied highway engineering at the Western Australia Institute of Technology (now Curtin University) in 1971 and joined Leighton in 1976. In his 30 years of working with large infrastructure projects, he managed profit centres, introduced new technology and led entries into new markets. He has also been involved with safety, training and dispute resolution. Reflecting on his career, McMorrow cherishes the experience of working on remote sites, both locally and overseas, which he believes helped him develop professionally. Denny Mooney, 50 Chair and Managing Director of Holden, Melbourne Denny Mooney has been the chair and managing director of Holden since 2004. Mooney received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1978 and a masters degree in national resource strategy from the National Defence University in 1998. He joined General Motors in 1978 as a college graduate in training with Oldsmobile Division in Lansing, Michigan. His subsequent positions with Oldsmobile included detail engineer, project engineer, senior project engineer and business team manager. In 1992, he became director of N-car plan- ning for the former Buick-OldsmobileCadillac Group’s Lansing Automotive Division. He became director of projects for future programs in 1993 and was promoted to vehicle chief engineer for small cars in 1996. In 1998, he became engineering director for the midsize and luxury car group in Flint, Michigan. In 2001, he became executive director and was placed in charge of vehicle performance in North America. Later that year, he was named executive director of vehicle integration for General Motors North America Engineering. Ken Moss, 60 Nonexecutive Chair of Boral, Sydney Ken Moss is a nonexecutive chair of Boral. In this role, his duties include representing shareholders’ interests, deciding how much authority is delegated to management, increasing the company’s capital and developing its strategic direction. He is also chair of the Centennial Coal Company, director and chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee for GPT Management Holdings, director of Adsteam Marine Limited and a board member of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. He is a director of the Macquarie Capital Alliance Group and a member of the Board of Governors for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. Moss received a bachelor of mechanical engineering from the University of Newcastle in 1968. Kevin Murray, 56 Managing Director of Transgrid, Sydney After 37 years experience in the electricity transmission business, Kevin Murray was appointed managing director of TransGrid this year. In his current role, he has focused on improving responsiveness to customer and stakeholder requirements. He has also been working to establish a clear framework and accountabilities to deliver a $1.2 billion fiveyear capital program. This capital program will continue the company’s emphasis on asset replacement, focusing on ageing substations, transmission lines and power transformers. Murray received his bachelor of electrical engineering from the University of NSW in 1973. Before his current position, he worked for the Electricity Commission of NSW and Pacific Power. He also served as TransGrid’s network manager for 10 years. He was responsible for developing and implementing an asset management model which has delivered 40% efficiency improvements and sustained reliability, safety and environmental performance. When not doing engineering, Murray en- joys golf, soccer, travelling and spending time with his family. Ken Scott-MacKenzie, 56 CEO of Bilfinger Berger, Sydney Ken Scott-MacKenzie is the chief executive officer of Bilfinger Berger Australia, the holding company for Abigroup and Baulderstone Hornibrook. The Bilfinger Group has more than 50,000 staff worldwide with an annual turnover of over $10 billion. Scott-MacKenzie is also a director of Abigroup Contractors and Tollaust. Scott-Mackenzie is a lawyer and engineer. He received his bachelor of engineering (mining) from Melbourne University in 1977. He completed a diploma of law in 1984 and is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. He has worked in the construction indus- try in Australia and overseas for some 29 years. In 2004, he worked as director and chief executive officer of Abigroup. Before then, he was involved in the structuring and negotiation of privately funded infrastructure. He was involved in securing the $560 million M2 motorway, $280 million Sydney SuperDome and the $2.3 billion WestLink M7 projects. He also worked as a senior partner of Interlease Capital and general manager of mining for Roberts Construction. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2006 35 30-38 g- industry 35 6/1/06, 8:28 PM 100 TOP industry