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Top 100 : 2007
100 TOP He would also like to see a lot more new electricity supply projects for peak and baseload generation that are clean and effi cient and strengthen a base for technical and commercial skill development and employment growth. NSW state-owned Macquarie Generation employs over 600 people, more than 100 of whom have engineering qualifications. Its revenue in 2005/2006 was $890 million. Every-Burns was appointed as chief executive in 1996, following the establishment of Macquarie Generation following the dissolution of the former Pacifi c Power state utility. He has been vice-chairman of the National Generators Forum since 1998 and is chairman of the National Electricity Market Management Company (NEMMCO) Participant Advisory Committee. Every-Burns’ leisure interests include boating, scuba diving and family activities. He is also a strong supporter of the Hunter Rescue Helicopter Service and local medical research. Peter Farrell, 65 Chairman and CEO of ResMed, San Diego Chemical engineer, Sydney University Dr Peter Farrell is chairman and CEO of ResMed Inc, a US and Australian dual-listed public company and a leader in the research, development, manufacture, and marketing of devices for the diagnosis, treatment and management of sleep disordered breathing (SDB). “Our latest estimates for the 2006/2007 fi nancial year are almost A$1 billion. We now have sales in about 100 countries, but the Americas, Germany and France account for about 80% of our revenues,” he told Engineers Australia magazine. The fi rm’s revenue is almost double last year’s. Staff numbers are also up from 1300 to 3000. Farrell expects an average 20%/a growth over the next fi ve years. In 1984, after a distinguished academic career in the US and Australia (he holds a masters in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD from the University of Washington in biomedical engineering) he became both vice-president for research and development at Baxter Healthcare and director of Baxter’s Japanese subsidiary. In 1986, he formed ResMed to manufacture continuous positive airways pressure (CPAP) devices for treating sleep apnea. Farrell’s personal interests include Australian art and international photography. He is also a keen golfer. “I’m currently a 10 handicapper, but not really playing to it,” he said. Jim Gill, 60 Chief Executive Offi cer of Water Corporation, Perth Civil engineer, University of WA Dr Jim Gill was given one of Engineers Australia’s highest honours last November by being named the 2006 Civil Engineer of the Year. His most recent achievements have included the implementation of a program of capital works to diversify water sources for Perth, including the construction of Perth’s desalination plant, the fi rst major desalination plant in Australia. For the past fi ve years Gill has led the Water Corporation’s source development against drought and ongoing climate change. Streamfl ow from catchments into dams providing 1.6 million people with their drinking water supplies has reduced by two thirds. Gill has a PhD from Cambridge and an MBA from Harvard. He is deputy chairman of the Water Services Association of Australia. Gill’s favourite relaxation is cycling. James Graham, 59 Managing Director of Gresham Partners, Sydney Chemical engineer, Sydney University James Graham has been the managing director of the Gresham Partners group since its establishment in 1985. Gresham Partners is an Australian-owned independent investment bank focusing on fi nancial advisory services, private equity funds and property investment funds. The total committed funds under its management are more than $750 million. Graham, who started his career as a chemical engineer with Dow Chemicals before becoming a merchant banker, believes that what he learned about risk management in chemical engineering has been very useful in his approach to investment banking. Outside Gresham, Graham is chairman of Rabo Australia and Rabobank Australia, and is a director of Wesfarmers. He has also been the chairman of the Advisory Council of the Institute for Neuromuscular Research since 2000. Based at Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney, the institute’s research aims at identifying the causes, understanding the mechanisms and developing therapies for muscle and nerve disorders in children. Richard Goodmanson, 59 Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Offi cer of DuPont, Wilmington, Delaware, US Civil engineer, Royal Military College Duntroon (University of NSW) Richard Goodmanson is executive vice-president and chief operating offi cer of DuPont and a member of the company’s Office of the Chief Executive. He joined DuPont in 1999. Current responsibilities include leadership of the operational functions in the company and the geographic regions, with specifi c focus on growth in emerging economies and transformational productivity programs. Prior to joining DuPont, from 1996 to 1999, Goodmanson was president and chief executive offi cer of America West Airlines, based in Tempe, Arizona. During his tenure at America West, the airline achieved the highest rate of growth of any hub-and-spoke major carrier in North America, won the J D Power award for customer service twice and achieved the highest EPS results in the company’s history. Goodmanson also serves on the board of directors of Rio Tinto and is chair of the board of the United Way of Delaware. A US citizen, Goodmanson was born in Australia and educated at universities in both countries. He holds degrees in civil engineering from the University of NSW, commerce and economics from the University of Queensland and an MBA from Columbia University in the US. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2007 39 38-46 g - Top 100.indd 39 38-46 g - Top 100.indd 39 7/6/07 11:24:49 AM 7/6/07 11:24:49 AM industry