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INDUSTRY Alan Cransberg, 49 Managing Director of Alcoa of Australia, Perth Civil engineer, University of Western Australia of Australia is a signifi cant component of the giant Alcoa corporation. It employs 6200 staff in Australia out of a worldwide workforce of 107,000. Alcoa of Australia last year achieved revenue of $4.49 billion and a profi t of $1.8 billion. Cransberg began his career with Alcoa in WA following graduation when he worked with the Alcoa Bauxite Mining Group in alumina refi ning in various business analysis, planning and managerial roles from 1981 to 1997. He was appointed Pinjarra Alumina Refi nery location manager in 1998 and in 2001 moved to the US as location manager of Alcoa’s Texas alumina and chemicals complex. Some years later he moved to Alcoa’s New York head offi ce where he coordinated the fi rm’s activities in mining, refi ning and smelting. He became a vice-president of Alcoa in 2006 and returned to WA this year. A Leigh Clifford, 60 Chairman, Qantas, Melbourne Trevor Eastwood, 66 Nonexecutive chairman, Wesfarmers, Perth Mechanical engineer, University of Western Australia W esfarmers took over the Coles Group last November, increasing the staff of the multi-faceted Wesfarmers from 30,000 to 200,000. Its revenue in 2006/2007 was $9.7 billion and while this will greatly increase with the Coles acquisition, profi ts are expected to be modest initially. Trevor Eastwood said that Wesfarmers pects it will take about fi ve years before the return on the Coles inment will justify its purchase ice. He said the Coles acquisition was the largest in the history of the Australian Stock Exchange and Wesfarmers’ now huge staff accounts for about 2% of the Australian workforce. Eastwood started his career with the then Wes- tralian Farmers Cooperative in 1963 and held a number of management positions including his fi nal eight years as managing director of Wesfarmers. He was appointed chairman of Wesfarmers in 2002. 34 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2008 Mining engineer, University of Melbourne “A lthough oil prices have more than doubled in the past 12 months, adding about $1.5 billion to our cost base, Qantas’ growth continues and the company is now double the size it was seven years ago,” Leigh Clifford told Engineers Australia. In August the air- line will take delivery of its fi rst A380, followed later by the fi rst delivery of a Boeing 787. “More than $30 billion worth of aircraft will be coming on stream,” he said. Clifford was appointed chairman of the Qantas Board last November. In 2006/2007 Qantas’ revenue was $15.2 billion. This labour- intensive operation supports more than 34,000 people. Prior to his Qantas appointment, Clifford was chief executive of Rio Tinto, from April 2000 to April 2007. Earlier this year, he was appointed an Offi cer of the Order of Australia. lan Cransberg became managing director of Alcoa of Australia in February this year following the retirement of Wayne Osborn. Alcoa Book 1.indb 34 Book 1.indb 34 4/6/08 15:15:59 4/6/08 15:15:59