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Top 100 : 2007
100 TOP Jonathan Ling, 53 Chief Executive Offi cer and Managing Director, Fletcher Building, Auckland, NZ Mechanical engineer, University of Melbourne Jonathan Ling joined the Fletcher Building board and was appointed chief executive offi cer and managing director in September 2006. He took the reigns of a company whose revenue for the past year was $6 billion and employs over 16,000 people. Fletcher Building recently paid $854 million for the acquisition of the global company that recorded nearly $1 billion revenue last year with 3800 employees. Ling said the acquisition provides a logical extension to Fletcher Building’s existing decorative surface laminates business. It follows other smaller bolt-on acquisitions during the year including Maddren Timber, Penrose and Eziform Sheet Metal. Ling spends any spare time with his wife and two children. Andrew Liveris, 52 President, CEO and Chairman, the Dow Chemical Company, Michigan, US Chemical engineer, University of Queensland Andrew Liveris is president, chief executive officer and chairman of the global chemical and plastics manufacturer based in Midland, Michigan, whose revenue sales for 2006 stood at $49 billion. Dow employs 43,000 people worldwide. Over recent years Liveris has had a focus on debt reduction and through 2006 the debt to capital ratio was reduced from 39% to 34%. Innovation remains a strong focus over the coming year with the planned launch of Propylene Glycol Renewable and the go-ahead for global production of Infuse olefi n block copolymers. The company is also to establish a research and development centre in India and conduct methane-to-chemicals and solar 42 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2007 generation building product research. Liveris has been a member of Dow’s board since February 2004 and was elected as chairman in April, 2005. He also serves on the board of Citigroup, and is chairman of the American Chemistry Council and the International Council of Chemical Associations. Ken Moss, 61 Chairman of Boral and Centennial Coal Company, Sydney Mechanical engineer, University of Newcastle Dr Ken Moss is chairman of the Boral board and the Centennial Coal Company, and was recently appointed deputy chairman of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. Boral is currently working on its con- tinued expansion in supplying building and construction materials into Southeast Asia and the US. Centennial Coal Company is working on plans for the $300 million Anvil Hill opencut coal mine in the Hunter Valley. He has also helped oversee the Australian Maritime Safety Authority expand its search and rescue capabilities. Outside work Moss is involved in a Latin reading group and is also studying French. He has recently walked in Patagonia in South America and is about to embark on a trip to Africa for a wildlife experience. George Maltabarow, 57 Managing Director, EnergyAustralia, Sydney Electrical engineer, University of Sydney The current key focus for EnergyAustralia’s managing director George Maltabarow is the rollout of the company’s $3.7 billion capital works plan to 2009/2010 to meet the growth in demand for electricity. The company is working on combining traditional engineering skills with telecom- munications and computer systems to develop more innovative control systems. In the past year EnergyAustralia has maintained its position as the largest employer of apprentices in NSW, with 520 currently training to become electricians, line workers, cable jointers and vehicle body repairers. The year’s highlights included a major upgrade of the electricity infrastructure under way in Sydney’s CBD, including a new City West Cable Tunnel and City North Zone Substation. Apart from his engineering degree, Maltabarow holds an economics degree from Macquarie University. He was appointed EnergyAustralia managing director in 2005. Maltabarow is married to Amanda and father of three daughters. Denny Mooney, 51 Chair and Managing Director of GM Holden Australia, Melbourne Mechanical engineer, University of Michigan Joining General Motors in 1978 as a college graduate in training with Oldsmobile Division in Michigan, US, Denny Mooney has moved through the ranks including positions as detail engineer, project engineer, senior project engineer and business team manager. He was appointed to chair and managing director of GM Holden Australia in 2003. Holden employs 8200 in Australia, and globally General Motors recorded revenue in 2006 of $254 billion. Holden Australia’s plant builds 150,000 vehicles a year and, Mooney said, his objective is to capture enough global market to keep the plant fully operational. He said the launch of the VE Commodore stabilised GM Holden Australia’s operations as a global centre for GM in rear wheel drive engineering. For example, GM Holden Australia exported 30,000 cars to the Middle East last year and export plans include Brazil, South Africa, New Zealand, Korea and the US. Under Mooney’s reign, GM Holden established a Women’s Council in 2005 and since then the company has been awarded an “Employer of Choice for Women” citation three years running. 38-46 g - Top 100.indd 42 38-46 g - Top 100.indd 42 7/6/07 11:25:25 AM 7/6/07 11:25:25 AM industry