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Top 100 : 2007
100 TOP other international electricity transmission utilities. He is a regularly invited speaker at electricity industry conferences and has held posts on a number of committees involved with shaping the National Electricity Market. Apart from his engineering honours degree, Jardine holds a commerce degree and a masters of environmental science. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Wal King, 62 Executive Director, Managing Director and Chief Executive Offi cer, Leighton Holdings, Sydney Civil engineer, University of NSW Twenty years ago Wal King was appointed chief executive offi cer of Leighton Holdings and under his leadership the company has grown from a privately owned civil engineering fi rm into a group that includes Thiess, John Holland, Leighton Properties, Leighton Contractors, Leighton Asia (Southern) and Leighton Asia (Northern). Leighton Holdings recently reported that it expected its annual net profi t to rise around 55% this financial year to around $425 million. Leighton’s unaudited total revenues stood at $8.6 billion in the nine months to March and the company currently employs around 27,000 people across Australia and Asia. In the last quarterly report King said a recent highlight was the successful completion of the Lane Cove Tunnel by Thiess John Holland. A number of new projects have also been won including an alliance to upgrade a Queensland rail line, awarded to Thiess; a new ring road in Townsville for Thiess; and another rail alliance in Sydney, awarded to Leighton Contractors. King participates in various business groups and is president of the Australian Constructors Association (ACA). In 2004, he was appointed an Offi cer of the Order of Australia. His sporting interests include skiing, cycling, trekking and tennis. Marius Kloppers, 44 Group President non-ferrous materials and Executive Director, BHP Billiton, Melbourne Chemical engineer, University of Pretoria (previously Transvaal University College), South Africa Dr Marius Kloppers has been announced as the incoming chief executive offi cer of BHP Billiton, taking over from Chip Goodyear from 1 October 2007. He is currently group president non-ferrous materials and an execu- tive director of BHP Billiton. He has responsibility for the aluminium, base metals, stainless steel materials and diamonds and specialty products customer sector groups. Since the formation of the BHP Billiton Group in 2001 he has also held the positions of chief marketing offi cer and chief commercial offi cer. BHP Billiton recorded revenue of $47.5 billion in the 2006 fi nancial year, up 25% on the previous year’s results. The company has some 38,000 employees working in more than 100 operations in approximately 25 countries. Four major growth projects were completed during the year and seven new projects were approved. The new projects have an expected cost of $6 billion, bringing current project pipeline to 23 projects with an expected investment of $16.8 billion. Further to his undergraduate studies, he has completed a PhD in materials science from MIT, as well as an MBA. He is married with three children. Richard Leupen, 53 Chief Executive Offi cer and Managing Director of United Group, Sydney Mechanical engineer, Wollongong University Under the leadership of Richard Leupen, United Group recorded revenue of $2.2 billion for last fi nancial year, up 78% on 2005 results. United Group entered the S&P/ASX100 index in March, becoming a top 100 Australian company, which Leupen said was a great achievement for the 11,500-strong team. Pleased with the group’s results, the board has extended Leupen’s contract to September 2011. During his six year tenure to date, United Group has grown from less than $100 million market capitalisation in 2000 to almost $2 billion. In last year’s announcement to ASX, Leupen said the successful integration of two major acquisitions, Premas and Alstom, made strong contributions to revenue. Leupen has 30 years experience in engineering and construction and has worked for international and Australian engineering companies including GHD and Kaiser Engineers. He said that integrity, dependability and commercial as well as technical skills were all keys to his success. Leupen is a director of the Australian Constructors Association and a national and NSW councillor of the Australian Industry Group. Greg Lewin, 54 President, Shell Global Solutions International, The Hague, Netherlands Chemical engineer, Melbourne University Shell Global Solutions International president Greg Lewin originally joined Shell Australia in 1975 before leaving the country in 1989 to work for Shell International. He was appointed to his current position in 2003. Shell Global Solutions International is a division of Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) and currently employs 5000 staff around the world. The company supports Shell’s business activities in downstream manufacturing, downstream marketing, gas and LNG, upstream production and project management. Lewin said Shell Global Solutions has continued to provide consultancy and technology to utilise Australia’s coal reserves over the past year, including the latest study to apply Shell’s proprietary coal gasifi cation process to Anglo American’s brown coal from Victoria’s Latrobe Valley. Though Lewin currently resides in The Netherlands, he said his heart remains in Australia, especially in a country property outside Stawell, Victoria and the family vineyard in Sunraysia. Also, both his children are currently studying at Melbourne University. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2007 41 38-46 g - Top 100.indd 41 38-46 g - Top 100.indd 41 7/6/07 11:25:14 AM 7/6/07 11:25:14 AM industry