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Top 100 : 2007
100 TOP Julian Segal, 52 Managing Director and CEO of Incitec Pivot, Melbourne Chemical engineer, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa Julian Segal is the managing director and CEO of fertiliser supplier Incitec Pivot, which posted revenue in the year ending September 2006 of $1.1 billion. Based in Melbourne, he is in charge of 1100 people. In the past year, Segal has been involved with the company’s separation from former 70% shareholder Orica and the continuation of the company’s business effi ciency program. This achieved $19.7 million in savings in the half year to March. The company has integrated Southern Cross Fertilisers into its business after purchasing it from BHP Billiton. A challenge has been coping with the effects of the continuing drought in parts of Australia. An interest in building things led Segal to take up engineering. “I am able to maintain this enthusiasm through my involvement in manufacturing,” he said. Segal received his bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the Israel Institute of Technology at Haifa. After that, he worked on a gasoline-from-coal project in South Africa and on an oxygen-enhanced combustion process. He enjoys listening to music to relax after work. Wayne Osborn, 55 Managing Director of Alcoa World Alumina, Perth Electrical and electronics engineer, Gordon Institute of Technology, Geelong Wayne Osborn is the managing director of Alcoa World Alumina, which posted an annual revenue of $4.3 billion for the year ending December 2006. He is in charge of 6200 staff across Victoria 44 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2007 and Western Australia. One of Osborn’s professional highlights in the past year was seeing the company complete a major upgrade of the Pinjarra Alumina Refi nery in Western Australia, making it one of the world’s largest. According to Osborn, his fascination with technology began when, growing up in a small country town, he witnessed the modern wonders of 240V power and television arrive at the same time. As a managing director, he occasionally misses the satisfaction attached to working on projects directly and watching things being built. “However, my compensation is that I get involved in a much broader range of projects from original conception, community consultation and approvals through to completion. That’s hard to beat,” he said. Osborn enjoys the natural world and has a particular affi nity with the ocean. In April, he sailed to the Abrolhos Islands off the Western Australian coast to photograph Australia’s northernmost sea lion colony. His next trip will be next month to photograph sperm whales in the Portuguese archipelago The Azores in the Atlantic Ocean. Mike Quigley, 54 President of Science, Technology and Strategy at Alcatel-Lucent, Paris Electrical Engineer, University of NSW Before taking up his current position, Mike Quigley was Alcatel’s president and chief operating officer and member of the Alcatel Executive Committee. Before that, he was president of Alcatel North America and president of Alcatel’s fi xed communications activities. Headquartered in Paris, the company designs and delivers communications equipment to telecommunications carriers, internet service providers and businesses. It employs 79,000 people worldwide and has operations in over 130 countries. Last year, Alcatel merged with US company Lucent Technologies. At the same time it also transferred its satellite subsidiaries, railway signalling business and critical security systems domains to French defense company Thales. Alcatel-Lucent’s adjusted proforma rev- enues in 2006 was $29.9 billion, excluding the impact of activities to be transferred to Thales. Douglas Rathbone, 61 Managing Director and CEO of Nufarm, Melbourne Chemical engineer, Melbourne University In his role of managing director and CEO of crop protection manufacturer Nufarm, Douglas Rathbone is responsible for about 2600 employees. The company’s revenue in the 2005/06 financial year was $1.68 billion. He recently completed negotiating the acquisition of the balance of Agripec, a crop protection company based in Brazil. Nufarm acquired a 49.9% stake in the company – then Brazil’s largest locally-owned agricultural chemical company – in 2004. Nufarm will pay $210 million for the balance of the business. Rathbone is president of the Children’s Cancer Centre Foundation at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, of which Nufarm is a supporter. His family’s wine business enjoyed rewards recently with Rathbone describing the release of the family’s 2004 cabernet as one of the “best ever”. Christopher Roberts, 53 President and CEO of Cochlear, Sydney Chemical engineer, University of NSW As president and CEO of Cochlear, Christopher Roberts is in charge of 1600 people. The company, which develops implantable hearing technology, had a revenue of $452 million in the 2005/06 fi nancial year. Roberts has been instrumental in the company’s strategy to capture new markets for its hearing devices. Continued investment in research and development has driven product innovation. Roberts is also working on a range of growth initiatives driving awareness and expanded indication such as bilateral im- 38-46 g - Top 100.indd 44 38-46 g - Top 100.indd 44 7/6/07 11:26:39 AM 7/6/07 11:26:39 AM industry