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Top 100 : 2007
100 TOP Ian Smith, 49 Managing Director and CEO of Newcrest Mining, Melbourne Mining engineer, University of NSW Ian Smith is the managing director and chief executive of Newcrest Mining and in charge of 4000 staff. In the past year, he has been successful in positioning the business to take advantage of heightened commodity prices. The company’s annual revenue in the year ending June 2006 was $1.4 billion. A recent milestone for the company was the commencement of underground production from its Telfer mine. This mine will extract gold and copper from reserves in northwest Western Australia. The underground ore handling system for the project was commissioned last year. A dewatering system was also installed to counter the possible effects of cyclones. Smith chose engineering to follow his father. “It’s in the family,” he explained. Michael Rocca, 56 Group Managing Director of Telstra Services, Sydney Electronics and communcations engineer, North Sydney Technical College Michael Rocca is the group managing director of Telstra Services, a business unit within Telstra that at the end of the financial year 2005/06 employed approximately 17,000 staff across the country. Telstra Services is responsible for the construction, operations and maintenance of all Telstra networks across Australia and online products and platforms. It completes around 6 million service jobs and receives approximately 13 million inbound customer calls each year. A highlight for Rocca in the past year was overseeing the construction of the fi bre transmission network that supports the Next G broadband wireless network, built 46 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2007 in 10 months. He also implemented a new approach to training through a $67 million fi ve year investment in the Telstra Learning Academy, ensuring the company’s technicians and engineers receive targeted training in world-class facilities. He is proud to have been involved in the company’s investment in new tools and equipment. After work, Rocca enjoys exercising and spending time with his family. Don Voelte, 53 Managing Director of Woodside Petroleum, Perth Civil engineer, University of Nebraska Don Voelte is the managing director of Woodside Petroleum which posted an annual sales revenue in 2006 of $3.8 billion. The company employs almost 3000 people worldwide. The company is building a fi fth LNG processing train at the Northwest Shelf Venture in Karratha, Western Australia. This expansion is 70% complete. Shipping of prefabricated modules to Karratha is ongoing and expected to be completed this year. The project remains on schedule for LNG shipments in 2008. The participants are BP Developments Australia, Chevron Australia, Japan Australia LNG, Shell Development Australia and BHP Petroleum. Peter Watson, 50 Managing Director and CEO of Transfi eld Services, Sydney Civil engineer, Monash University Peter Watson has been the managing director of Transfi eld Services since 2002 and is in charge of more than 20,000 staff worldwide. Last fi nancial year, the company’s revenue was $1.9 billion. Of his achievements in the last year, Watson is most proud of the launch of the Transfi eld Services Infrastructure Fund and entering the North American market by acquiring US companies US Maintenance and Timec. He was attracted to engineering because of its aim to identify, understand and design sustainable solutions. He also enjoyed the satisfaction of designing something that would meet the needs of the present and the future. Although he doesn’t do as much technical work in his current role, he fi nds the discipline and precision which he applied to engineering a valuable skill as a managing director. For his 50th birthday last year, Watson climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania: “Like a true engineer, I approached this “holiday” with a serious plan. I took a training regime with a personal trainer before tackling the climb which was almost 6000m. The experience was amazing and reaffi rmed the value of teamwork to me.” Watson obtained his diploma in civil engineering from Caulfield Institute of Technology, which is now part of Monash University. Trevor Worthington, 43 Vice-President of Product Development, Ford Australia Aeronautical engineer, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology In 2002, Trevor Worthington was appointed to his current position as vicepresident of product development at Ford Australia. He is responsible for the company’s product development team, whose 1200 staff design and engineer the sedan and 4WD vehicle lines and their derivatives for domestic and export markets. Including the product development team, there are about 5000 employees in Ford Australia. Worthington recently oversaw the development of a new Fiesta hatchback designed specifi cally for the Indian market. This was one of the fi rst projects to be undertaken as the company grows its role within Ford’s global product development community as a design centre for the Asia Pacifi c region. Worthington enjoys cycling and travelling with his wife Robin and their two sons. ■ 38-46 g - Top 100.indd 46 38-46 g - Top 100.indd 46 7/6/07 11:26:58 AM 7/6/07 11:26:58 AM industry