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Top 100 : 2007
100 TOP plantation. Bilateral implantation involves receiving a cochlear implant in each ear to gain binaural hearing. People with normal hearing in two ears have a binaural advantage – the brain can compare and contrast signals from both ears providing advantages such as understanding speech in noisy listening environments, sound localisation, and spatial or 3D sound. Outside of work, Roberts is chair of Reserach Australia, a not-for-profi t organisation of over 180 entities committed to health and medical research. He last went for a holiday at Lake Conjola on the South Coast of NSW. Ken Scott-Mackenzie, 57 CEO of Bilfi nger Berger Australia, Sydney Mining engineer, Melbourne University Ken Scott-Mackenzie is the CEO of Bilfinger Berger Australia, based in Sydney. He is in charge of over 4000 staff in the Australian operations of Bilfi nger Berger which is the holding company for Abigroup, Baulderstone and Bilfi nger Berger Services. He is also the vice-president of the Australian Constructors Association. Over the past year, he has appreciated the extent and diversity of opportunities currently available in the construction industry and has enjoyed tackling challenges relating to people and supply constraints. Major projects the group is currently involved with include the North South Bypass Tunnel and Gateway Bridge duplication in Brisbane and the Tugun Bypass on the New South Wales and Queensland border. The group has water alliances in Queensland and road alliances in Victoria and New South Wales. Scott-Mackenzie felt attracted to engineering since his school days and the training has allowed him to analytically evaluate day to day decisions. He received his bachelor of mining engineering from the University of Melbourne. He then completed a diploma of law in 1984 and is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. When not working, he enjoys boating, skiing, tennis and travelling. Carlo Salteri, 86 Nonexecutive Chair of Tenix Group, Sydney Mechanical engineer, University of Milan Tenix employs 4500 people around Australia. Its annual revenue in the financial year ending June 2006 was $1.2 billion. A major challenge and highlight for Salteri in the past year was his involvement in restructuring the business. “My sons Paul and Robert have been running Tenix for the past few years and I have been their sounding board and adviser,” he said. The company is currently engaged in a design bid for the Australian Defence Force’s $2 billion amphibious ships contract. Tenix teamed up with Spanish shipbuilder Navantia to produce a design for a 230m-long, 27kt vessel that is based on the ones being used by the Spanish Navy. The Navy will arrive at a decision on the bid this year. To relax outside work, Salteri enjoys reading. David Saxelby, 54 Managing Director of Thiess, Brisbane Civil engineer, Sydney University David Saxelby was appointed as the managing director of Thiess in February, after working for the company for 14 years. He led the joint venture bid teams on the Epping-Chatswood rail line and Lane Cove Tunnel in Sydney and the Mitcham-Frankston Motorway which is part of the EastLink project in Melbourne. The company has over 16,000 employees and 8000 subcontractors working in Australia, Indonesia and India. Its revenue is approaching $5 billion. Under Saxelby’s direction, it is continuing to diversify into sectors such as rail with the TrackStar Alliance in Queensland and water. For Saxelby, studying civil engineering was a natural fi t. “From a young age, I always wanted to build things,” he said. Although he now occupies a managerial role, he still fi nds time to visit construction sites to discuss the progress of projects with teams. Saxelby is also a director of the Minerals Council of Australia. Before joining Thiess, he spent 17 years with the Baulderstone Hornibrook Group. Outside work, Saxelby enjoys spending time with his family, bushwalking, social tennis and boating. John Schubert, 64 Chair of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Sydney Chemical engineer, Melbourne University Dr John Schubert has been a member of the board of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia since 1991 and has served as the chair since November 2004. In this role, he also chairs the board performance & renewal committee and is a member of the committees for remuneration and risk & people. He is on the boards of Qantas Airways Limited, and BHP Limited, and chair of G2 Therapies Limited. He is a fellow of the Academy of Technological Science and Engineering and Engineers Australia. Ross Taylor, 44 Global chief operating offi cer of Lend Lease, Sydney Civil engineer, University of Queensland Ross Taylor joined Lend Lease as an engineer in 1985 and held several positions in Australia and Asia before being appointed managing director of Lend Lease’s project management and construction business in 1995. Through the acquisition of Bovis in 1999, he was instrumental in growing Lend Lease from a largely Australian-based company with offshore interests to a company of global scale. Lend Lease, launched in Sydney in 1958, now has more than 9800 employees worldwide and had a gross revenue in 2005/2006 of $12.1 billion. Taylor’s favourite sport is surfi ng. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2007 45 38-46 g - Top 100.indd 45 38-46 g - Top 100.indd 45 7/6/07 11:26:50 AM 7/6/07 11:26:50 AM industry