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INDUSTRY Gerry Moriarty, 59 Executive Chair of Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group, Melbourne Telecommunications engineer, Canterbury University, New Zealand G erry Moriarty began his career as a technician and is now the executive chair of Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group, a global infrastructure fund with fi ve communications businesses located in Australia, the UK and the US. The group’s total revenue for the fi nancial year ending June 2007 was over $1.4 billion and its operating companies employ more than 4000 staff. Moriarty evaluates potential new acquisitions and is responsible for the overall performance of the fund and for each of the operating businesses which perform critical national projects. He was recently involved in acquisitions in the UK of National Grid Wireless for £2.5 billion and Airwave for £2 billion. The group is currently involved with rolling out digital terrestrial television across Australia and the UK. Moriarty has a bachelor in telecommunications engineering with fi rst class honours from Canterbury University. Outside work, he enjoys growing grapes, wine appreciation, cycling and bushwalking. Ken Moss, 62 Chair of Boral and Centennial Coal Company, Sydney Mechanical engineer, University of Newcastle billion with operations in 11 countries including Australia and the US. In the past year, the company received state approval development for K the fi nal stage of the redevelopment of its Greystanes site in Sydney. The project, as a result of the company phasing out its Prospect Quarry operations, began around seven years ago. The company also acquired the assets of two construction materials businesses in Oklahoma City for $76 million – Schwarz Readymix, a readymixed concrete and sand business, and the quarry assets of Davis Arbuckle Materials. Moss is currently focusing on appropriate responses to the housing downturn in the US and the tightening of credit markets. He is is also the chair of the Centennial Coal Company. A major highlight and challenge in the past year was the sale of Anvil Hill and Tahmoor mines for around $1 billion and returning that capital to the shareholders. en Moss is the chair of construction materials supplier Boral which employs 16,194 staff. Last year, the company had an annual turnover of $4.9 John Mulcahy, 58 Chief Executive Offi cer and Managing Director, Suncorp Group, Brisbane Civil engineer, University of Sydney D r John Mulcahy has been chief executive offi cer and managing director of Suncorp, a diversifi ed fi nancial services provider, since 2003. The company has a market capitalisation of around $14 billion with more than seven million customers and 17,000 employees in Australia and New Zealand. Mulcahy has continued to be involved with integrating the Promina businesses which it acquired last year for $8 billion. A major challenge this year for the company has been maintaining business momentum and achieving underlying growth despite the global credit crunch, volatile fi nancial markets, and a string of severe weather events. Mulcahy obtained his civil engineering degree in 1974 and a PhD in engineering in 1981. 44 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2008 Book 1.indb 44 Book 1.indb 44 4/6/08 15:16:36 4/6/08 15:16:36