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Chris Jenkins, 49 Managing Director of Thales Australia Mechanical engineer, University of NSW air traffi c management systems. Its capabilities include sonar systems, command and control systems, communications and mission management systems, electronic warfare, training simulators, munitions and specialised vehicles such as the mine-resistant Bushmaster infantry mobility vehicle, as well as shipbuilding and ship repair services. Chris Jenkins said the skills shortage is one of the biggest challenges facing the company. “We offer access to a vast range of technologies and are always looking for engineers who W want to enhance their careers by exposure to fascinating projects in both the civil and defence sectors,” he said. Jenkins was appointed managing director of Thales Australia last January. Prior to this he was vice-president for operations and an executive director on the Thales Australia board. Grant King, 53 Managing Director of Origin Energy, Sydney Civil engineer, University of NSW O rigin Energy’s annual revenue last year was $6.2 billion and it has $4 billion worth of net assets. The company and its subsidiaries employ 4300 staff across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacifi c, supplying natural gas, electricity and LP gas to more than 3.6 million business and retail customers. Since listing on the Australian Stock Exchange in 2000, the fi rm has pursued a strategy as a fuel-integrated generator and retailer of energy. It has also established a lead in coal seam gas, is a leading provider of green energy products and is currently building the country’s biggest combinedcycle gas turbine plant on Queensland’s Darling Downs. Grant King was appointed managing director of Origin Energy at the time of its demerger from Boral in February 2000. Des King, 52 Managing Director and Chief Executive Offi cer, Caltex Australia, Sydney Chemical engineer, Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, UK I mproving the company’s safety performance is a top priority for Caltex, according to its CEO Des King. “In 2007 Caltex achieved its best safety performance on record, with the lowest lost time injury frequency rate to date and a substantial decrease in the number of motor vehicle and tanker truck accidents,” he said. “We also need to continue to improve cost effi ciency,” he said. Caltex Australia, the only oil refi ning and marketing company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, employs 3252 staff in Australia. Last fi nancial year its revenue was $19.1 billion. Prior to his appointment at Caltex Australia two years ago, King was the general manager of the Chevron Corporation Pembroke refi nery in Wales, UK. He holds a PhD in chemical engineering from Cambridge University. His academic achie- vements include developing a method of calculating gas hold-up in turbulent fl uidised beds (called the King equation). He also developed a method of estimating cyclone effi ciencies in some fl uidised bed applications. He is a director of the Australian Institute of Petroleum. TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS 39 ith a full-year revenue to December 2007 of $1 billion and 3700 staff, Thales Australia is one of the country’s largest defence contractors. It is also a major regional provider of Book 1.indb 39 Book 1.indb 39 4/6/08 15:16:17 4/6/08 15:16:17