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Top 100 : 2007
100 TOP Kevin Murray, 57 Managing Director, TransGrid, Sydney Electrical engineer, University of NSW In 2006 Kevin Murray was appointed managing director of TransGrid, a NSW state owned corporation responsible for the transmission of high voltage (bulk) electricity in NSW. The corporation has assets worth over $3.7 billion, income of $480 million and staff of 950. With expertise in improving the effectiveness and efficiency of asset management, Murray is currently halfway through leading a fi ve-year capitals work program valued at $1.2 billion. The most signifi cant project involves the upgrading of the backbone of the national electricity grid in western NSW at a cost in excess of $300 million. He is a member of the NSW Energy and Water Ombudsman Board, member of NEMMCO Participants Advisory Council and the Electricity Network Owners Forum. In his spare time he enjoys golf, travel, gardening and family activities. Stuart McGill, 64 Senior Vice-President, ExxonMobil Corporation, Irving, Texas Chemical engineer, University of Sydney Dr Stuart McGill was appointed senior vicepresident of ExxonMobil Corporation in October 2004, having started in the industry with Esso Australia in 1969 as an engineer in the production department. In 2006, ExxonMobil recorded record earnings of $39 billion from revenue of $365 billion. Over the past year ExxonMobil has continued its growth and exploration strategies which incorporate the Golden Pass LNG terminal in Texas, US, where the company is working with QP and ConocoPhillips. The Golden Pass plant is designed to process 15.6Mt/a of LNG. Construction began in August 2006 and operations at the site will commence in 2009. McGill said technology will be critical in developing nonconventional energy resources for the future, citing last year’s development in the Piceance Basin of western Colorado where a patented multizone stimulation technology was used to commercialise the basin. Ken MacKenzie, 42 Managing Director and CEO of Amcor, Melbourne Mechanical engineer, McGill University, Montreal Ken MacKenzie relocated to Australia from Switzerland with his family to take up the position of managing director and CEO of packaging company Amcor. Headquartered in Melbourne, the com- pany has 217 manufacturing sites in 34 countries and derives about 80% of its earnings from overseas. It employs 24,000 people and its annual revenue in the year ending June 2006 was $11 billion. The company recently completed a $97 million PET plant in the US which will manufacture hot fi ll Gatorade bottles for beverage company PepsiCo. The business has also commercialised its PowerFlex design for hot-fi ll PET bottles. This structural innovation eliminates the need for panels or ribbing on plastic bottles, making them easier to label and allowing more fl exibility in container shapes. MacKenzie received his bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. John Mulcahy, 57 Chief Executive Offi cer, Suncorp, Brisbane Civil engineer, University of Sydney Dr John Mulcahy has held numerous highprofi le roles within the financial services and construction industries throughout his career. He joined Suncorp, a diversified financial services provider, as chief executive offi cer and managing director in January 2003. Since then he has led Suncorp through a growth phase which has seen it buy and integrate two major competitors, with the acquisition of the $8 billion Promina Group completed only in March. As a result of the acquisition, Suncorp is now one of Australia’s 15 largest Australian Stock Exchange listed companies with a market capitalisation of around $20 billion. The company has around seven million customers and 16,000 employees throughout Australia and New Zealand. Mulcahy obtained his bachelor degree in 1974 before reading for a PhD in engineering in 1981. He credits his engineering background for providing the building blocks that have helped him progress through his executive career. Mulcahy has a young family and in his spare time enjoys reading, golf and scuba diving. Peter McMorrow, 57 Managing Director, Leighton Contractors, Sydney Highway engineer, Western Australia Institute of Technology (now Curtin University) Under the leadership of managing director Peter McMorrow, Leighton Contractors has doubled in size and diversifi ed its portfolio to now include signifi cant mining, industrial, telecommunications and investment activities. Leighton Contractors has over 5000 employees. Last year the company contributed revenue of $2.26 billion to the parent company Leighton Holdings. Over the past few years McMorrow’s successes include the acquisition of HWE Mining, securing the $2 billion North-South Bypass Tunnel and $1.8 billion Gateway Upgrade project, both in Brisbane. McMorrow is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, a director of the Australian Contractors Association and a member of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA). He enjoys tennis, painting and sailing. His last holiday with wife Bernie was spent sailing around Croatia in the Adriatic Sea. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2007 43 38-46 g - Top 100.indd 43 38-46 g - Top 100.indd 43 7/6/07 11:25:40 AM 7/6/07 11:25:40 AM industry