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Top 100 : 2008
Richard Leupen, 54 CEO and Managing Director of United Group, Sydney Mechanical engineer, University of NSW Richard Leupen told Engineers Australia. “In particular we have increased spending in road and rail, power and water “I resources,” he said, adding that the fi rm is well placed for further growth. Under Leupen’s leadership United achieved $2.5 billion revenue in 2006/2007, up from $2.2 billion in the previous year. Its interim revenue for December 2007 was $1.6 billion. The fi rm has about 27,000 staff and 11,000 subcontractors. Leupen is also on the board of Protech Holdings (WA) and the Australian Constructors Association national executive. He is a member of the Business Council of Australia He has 30 years experience in industry, working for GHD in Perth and Kaiser Engineers in Washington DC. He has also worked for BHP Port Kembla, Shell Australia and Simcoa Operations. Jonathan Ling, 54 CEO and Managing Director, Fletcher Building, Auckland, NZ Mechanical engineer, University of Melbourne F letcher Building is one of the biggest building materials fi rms in Australasia. Last fi nancial year it generated NZ$5.9 billion. Its interim revenue at the end of last year was NZ$3.5 billion The fi rm employs 20,000 people worldwide, of which about 14,000 are in New Zealand and Australia. Its principal activities are producing and distributing concrete, steel and building products. It also has interests in property and housing. Last year Fletcher bought American Formica Corp, for close to NZ$1 billion, but returns have been sluggish due to a 10% drop in new US housing starts having an effect on laminate sales. Jonathan Ling told investors early this year that Fletcher’s overall fi nancial performance was pleasing “which refl ects the group’s ability to deal with variable and sometimes diffi cult operating conditions. Across our businesses, commercial and infrastructure markets are still strong, which is best exemplifi ed in New Zealand with a construction backlog of over NZ$1 billion”. Greg Lewin, 55 President, Shell Global Solutions International, The Hague, Netherlands Chemical engineer, University of Melbourne pointed to his current position in 2003. Shell Global Solutions is one of Royal Dutch Shell’s technology-focused organisa- S tions. Employing approximately 5500 people globally, it provides business and operational consultancy, technical and project services, licensed technologies and research and development expertise to the energy and processing industries worldwide. “At Shell, we express the global energy challenge as a set of hard truths – accelerating emissions – all of which energy demand growth, lagging supplies of ‘easy oil’, and rising CO2 need to be addressed in an integrated way,” Lewin said. Lewin was the third Australian to become president of the UK-based international Institution of Chemical Engineers in 2006, after Dr Robin Batterham and Prof Rolf Prince. Although he currently lives in the Netherlands, he frequently returns to Australia, where he has a country property outside Stawell, Victoria, and a family vineyard in Sunrasia. TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS 41 hell Global Solutions International president Greg Lewin originally joined Shell Australia in 1975 before leaving the country in 1989 to work for Shell International. He was ap- n 2008/2009 United Group’s focus is to continue to strengthen its presence in its three key markets of infrastructure, resources and property services,” 34-48 g - Top 100.indd 41 34-48 g - Top 100.indd 41 5/6/08 14:53:07 5/6/08 14:53:07