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INDUSTRY Ray Horsburgh, 65 Chairman of Toll Holdings, Melbourne Chemical engineer, RMIT S ince last September Ray Horsburgh has been chairman of Toll Holdings. He was a nonexecutive director since 2004. Toll Holdings earned $7.5 billion in revenue in 2006/2007. A labour-intensive transport and logistics organisation, it employs about 30,000 staff. The fi rm is active on several fronts having just agreed to purchase WA freight company Courier Australia and United Carriers of New Zealand. It is also selling its stake in the New Zealand rail and ferry business back to the government for NZ$665 million. Horsburgh’s aspirations for Toll in 2008/2009 are to “remain an employer of choice and to grow as a leading global logistics operation”. Horsburgh developed his career over three decades with then Australian Consolidated Industries, including becoming CEO of the ACI Glass Group where he was responsible for operations in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Indonesia, Malaysia and China. He was the CEO of Smorgon Steel Group prior to its merger with OneSteel about 18 months ago. Colin Isaac, 47 CEO of BOC South Pacifi c, Sydney Chemical engineer, University of Natal, South Africa the world’s largest industrial gases conglomerate. BOC South Pacifi c provides services from retailing gas, and gas and safety equipment, to major industrial gas supply projects. The South Pacifi c arm includes Australia, New Zealand and the Pacifi c C Islands, a region which employs nearly 3000 people. Its revenue in 2006/2007 was $1.9 billion. Isaac has been with BOC more than 20 years, more recently as head of the North Asia branch of the company, based in Shanghai. He has also held senior management positions in Southeast Asia and South Africa and served on the boards of several listed and non-listed companies in the region. ince 1995 Gordon Jardine has been the chief executive of Powerlink Queensland, the largest and fastest growing transmission network service provider in Australia’s National Electricity Market. Powerlink controls a $3.9 billion network, S Gordon Jardine, 55 CEO of Powerlink Queensland, Brisbane Mining engineer, University of Queensland from Cairns in the north to the NSW border. It has a staff base of more than 900 people and annual revenue of almost $600 million. Jardine pointed out that Queensland’s electricity demand is growing rapidly in response to economic growth being propelled by the resources boom, industrial development and continued migration. He said to meet this demand, Powerlink has a capital investment program of $2.9 billion over the next fi ve years. Jardine is also the chairman of Grid Australia, the organisation which represents the owners of Australia’s electricity transmission networks in the National Electricity Market and Western Australia. Before joining Powerlink, he held senior management positions in the US and Australia with one of Australia’s largest computer software companies, Mincom. His early career was spent in the mining industry in Western Australia and Queensland. 38 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2008 olin Isaac assumed his current position in January last year, four months after the British fi rm BOC became part of the German Linde Group, now Book 1.indb 38 Book 1.indb 38 4/6/08 15:16:14 4/6/08 15:16:14