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Don Voelte, 53 Managing Director of Woodside Petroleum, Perth Don Voelte has been the managing director of Woodside Petroleum since 2004. A civil engineer from the University of Nebraska, he is the first American to hold that position. Woodside is Aust- ralia’s largest publicly listed oil and gas exploration and production company. With a staff of 3200 it produces nearly 60 million barrels of oil equivalent a year, generating sales revenue of $2.7 billion last year. Outside Australia the company has production facilities in Africa and the US. In a presentation to US investors last month, Voelte forecast significant increases in LNG production over the next 10 years. He said by 2015 the company could have an operated LNG capacity of 45Mt/a, up from about 12Mt/a at present, making it the second largest LNG supplier after Shell, excluding national oil companies. The fifth LNG processing train is currently under construction at Karratha, expected to be operational by the end of 2008. Outside his job, Voelte and his wife Nancy have a charitable foundation focused on education. The have endowed the Donald Voelte and Nancy Keegan Engineering Chair and the Donald Voelte Medical Chair at the University of Nebraska. Mike Quigley, 53 President and Chief Operating Officer of Alcatel, Paris Mike Quigley began his career in 1971 in Alcatel Australia, (ITT Australia at that time), as part of his scholarship. He first spent 10 years in research and development. In the 1980s, he moved into senior positions in manufacturing and quality and then into senior roles in marketing and sales. In 2003, he was appointed president of the fixed communications activities, and in 2005, he took over his current position. Quigley graduated from the University of New South Wales with a degree in physics and mathematics and a degree in electrical engineering. Alan Watkins, 40 Managing Director of Industrial & Special Products, BOC South Pacific, Sydney Alan Watkins became managing director of the Industrial & Special Products division of BOC South Pacific earlier this year. He came from the BOC Group in Britain. The Industrial and Special Products division has almost 2000 staff and last year generated about $1 billion in revenue. It serves the industrial, scientific, hospitality, medical, refrigeration, airconditioning and chemical industries. BOC recently received a take-over bid from Linde and approval is currently being sought from the regulatory authorities in Europe and the US. On the basis that the take-over proceeds, Watkins’ major challenge will be “to see the smooth transition of our very successful business in the South Pacific to the new owners”, he said. Watkins is also chairman of Elgas, one of Australia’s major LPG suppliers with a turnover of $550 million. An electrical engineer from Oxford Uni- versity, he spent most of his career with BOC and ICI in Britain, the Netherlands and France. Trevor Worthington, 42 Vice-President of Product Development at Ford Australia, Melbourne Trevor Worthington is the highest ranking professional engineer at Ford Australia. An aeronautical engineer from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, he is the vicepresident of product development answering to Ford Australia president Tom Gorman and director of Ford Asia Pacific Product Development John Shelton. The company’s motor vehicle development 100 TOP capabilities have recently received a major boost with the announcement that more than $1.8 billion will be spent over the next decade on new projects for the Australian and international markets. Worthington’s product development team received high praise from Ford chairman Bill Ford, when he announced the new program, saying that “the skills and technologies available in the Australian marketplace are some of the best in our global organisation”. Worthington’s team, consisting of more than 1200 staff, will have a lead design and engineering responsibility for a new light commercial vehicle with both right- and left-hand drive, to be sold in more than 80 countries. It will also further develop export opportunities for the successful Falcon and Territory vehicles. These projects build on the successful launch of the Fiesta Sedan for the Indian market, introduced early this year. Ralph Waters, 57 Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Fletcher Building, Auckland, New Zealand A mechanical engineer from RMIT in Melbourne, Ralph Waters has been CEO of New Zealand company Fle-tcher Building since 2001. During his five years at the helm the company’s earnings have grown about 500%. This year it expects to achieve revenue of nearly NZ$5.6 billion. Fletcher Building has four divisions – Building Products, Infrastructure, Distribution, and Laminates & Panels – and employs about 8000 people in New Zealand, 4400 in Australia, 1200 in the South Pacific and 700 in North and South America. Waters will retire from his position on 31 August, but will remain a director on the Fletcher Building board, along with his directorship of Fisher & Paykel Appliances. He intends to return to his home base in Sydney. His successor, Jonathan Ling, is also an Australian and a mechanical engineer. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2006 37 30-38 g- industry 37 6/1/06, 8:29 PM industry