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Top 100 : 2007
100 TOP Albert Goller, 56 Chairman and Managing Director of Siemens Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne Electronics engineer, Paderborn University, Germany Albert Goller was appointed as chairman and managing director of Siemens in Australia and New Zealand in 2002. Commencing his career as an electronics engineer with Siemens in Germany in 1973, Goller has held a number of senior executive positions including president and CEO of Siemens Canada in Toronto and head of the Corporate Offi ce for E-business in Munich, Germany. In 2006, Siemens in Australia and New Zealand earned $2.157 billion in sales and had a regional workforce of 3460. Key recent business successes include commissioning of a groundbreaking medical syngo Dyna computed tomograph (CT) and iPilot guidance tool at Dalcross Private Hospital in Sydney and a contract for more than $200 million to install gas turbines for a new 640MW powerstation near Wagga Wagga in NSW. Goller is a keen sportsman and enjoys running, tennis, golf and windsurfi ng. Colin Isaac 46 CEO of BOC South Pacifi c, Sydney Chemical engineer, University of Natal, South Africa Colin Isaac was appointed managing director of BOC South Pacifi c in January 2007. He said it is a very exciting time to be working in the South Pacifi c. In September 2006, BOC became a part of the Linde Group, the industrial gases and engineering company. BOC provides services in the industry, from retail sales through its gas and gear outlets to major industrial gas supply schemes. The South Pacifi c business includes Australia, New Zealand and the Pacifi c Islands. In this region the company has about 2700 40 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2007 employees and revenue of more than $1.5 billion a year. A British citizen, Isaac brings to the role more than 20 years experience in BOC, most recently as head of the company in North Asia based in Shanghai. He has also held senior management positions in Southeast Asia and South Africa and served on the boards of several listed and non-listed companies in the region. Des King, 51 Managing Director and Chief Executive Offi cer, Caltex Australia, Sydney Chemical engineer, Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London It was a proud moment when Professor Des King moved his family to Australia this year to take up the role as managing director and chief executive offi cer of Caltex Australia. Caltex has over 3100 employees around the country and last year recorded revenue of $18.4 billion. King is responsible for a number of safety, environmental and growth projects including the $250 million expansion of the diesel hydro treating plant at the Lytton refi nery in Queensland. There are also major projects in place to increase Caltex’s refi nery capability to produce more petrol, diesel and jet fuel by over 15%. King is a director of the Australian Institute of Petroleum. Prior to his appointment at Caltex Australia, he was the general manager of the Chevron Corporation Pembroke Refi nery in Wales. King completed his PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Cambridge, UK. He is attributed with a method of calculating gas hold up in turbulent fl uidised beds (the King equation) and a method of estimating cyclone effi ciencies in certain fl uidised bed applications. King spends most of his spare time on the soccer and cricket fi elds with eight year old son Elliot. His wife Georgeann, also a chemical engineer, is currently involved in developing refinery computer simulators for refinery training. Grant King, 52 Managing Director of Origin Energy, Sydney Civil engineer, University of NSW Following the demerger of the energy and building/construction businesses of Boral Limited in 2000, Grant King was appointed to his present position. In the 2005/06 fi nancial year Origin Energy reported revenue of $5.95 billion, up 21% on the previous year. The company has 3450 employees and 105,000 shareholders. Origin Energy supplies natural gas, electricity and LP gas to over three million business and retail customers in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacifi c region. It is currently accelerating development efforts on a Darling Downs powerstation project in Queensland and has also planned new exploration projects as part of its growth strategy. In recent announcements King described this current period as a year of transition, with capital expenditure programs on coal seam gas, BassGas and the offshore Otway essentially completed. King has extensive experience in the Australian oil and gas industry and is chair of Contact Energy and the Energy Supply Association of Australia, director of Envestra and a councillor of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association. Gordon Jardine, 54 CEO of Powerlink Queensland, Brisbane Mining engineer, University of Queensland Gordon Jardine is CEO of one of the largest and most cost-effective transmission line utilities in Australia with its assets having grown from $1.5 billion in 1995 to $3.6 billion currently. Powerlink has 726 employees and achieved a 2006 revenue of $534 million. Jardine is proud of the fact that Powerlink has maintained its position as a top quartile performer in terms of cost-effectiveness and network reliability, compared with 18 38-46 g - Top 100.indd 40 38-46 g - Top 100.indd 40 7/6/07 11:25:00 AM 7/6/07 11:25:00 AM industry