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Top 100 : 2008
Bill Osborne, 48 President of Ford Motor Company of Australia, Melbourne Mechanical engineer, Kettering University, US Australian and New Zealand markets. The company has 5000 employees and had a net sales revenue in 2007 B of $3.3 billion from having sold 108,071 vehicles. One of Osborne’s main challenges is fi nding an engineering solution for cars to reduce carbon monoxide emissions. He holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the GMI Engineering & Management Institute, now called Kettering University. He also has a master of science in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Initially, Osborne chose to study engineering as it seemed like a good way to combine his interests of maths and cars. He now draws upon the analytical and problem-solving skills to make business decisions. To relax away from work, Osborne enjoys golf, cooking and riding motorcycles. He looking forward to receiving his G6E Turbo. Mark Reuss, 44 Chair and Managing Director of GM Holden, Melbourne Mechanical engineer, Vanderbilt University, US he is now responsible for 6500 employees and company operations including vehicle assembly, engines, product engineering, styling, purchasing, fi nance, marketing and the enterprise of producing, exporting, and engineering a complete vehicle and powertrain. Reuss credits engineering with teaching him how to solve problems with M many undefi ned variables, quickly distilling the important elements, and focusing on what is important – a skill he fi nds valuable in business managment. One of the challenges he now faces is meeting the industry’s increased focus on fuel diversity and the new market it will create. Outside work, he enjoys spending time with his family, three kids and restoring his recently-purchased 1952 FX Holden. Douglas Rathbone, 62 Managing Director of Nufarm, Melbourne Chemical engineer, Melbourne University contract engineer. The company employs 2692 people and had a global sales revenue in the 12 months D to July 2007 of over $1.7 billion. Last year, Rathbone was appointed to the board of the CSIRO and was awarded the 2007 Chemeca Medal from the Australasian Federation of Chemical Engineers. He is the president of the Children’s Cancer Centre Foundation at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. His interests in the family wine business include Victorian wineries Yering Station in the Yarra Valley, Mount Langi Ghiran in the Grampians, Parker Coonawarra Estates in South Australia and Xanadu Winery in Western Australia. TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS 45 oug Rathbone is managing director and chief executive offi cer of Nufarm, a crop protection company based in Melbourne. He joined the company in 1973 as a ark Reuss was drawn to engineering through a passion for cars and a desire to design them. As chair and managing director of GM Holden, ill Osborne is president of Ford Motor Company and in charge of the development, production, sale and distribution of Ford vehicles in the Book 1.indb 45 Book 1.indb 45 4/6/08 15:16:38 4/6/08 15:16:38