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Industry Philip Aiken, 56 Group President of Energy for BHP Billiton, Melbourne Chemical engineer Philip Aiken joined BHP Billiton in 1997 as president and chief executive officer for petroleum. He was appointed group president energy (consisting of energy coal and petroleum) in March 2004. He is a former director of BTR and former managing director of BTR Nylex, following a long career at BOC where his last role was managing director gases Europe. Aiken is also a director of Robert Walters and was chairman of the Sydney 2004 World Energy Congress Organising Committee. Kirby Adams, 49 Managing Director and CEO of BlueScope Steel, Melbourne Industrial engineer Kirby Adams is the managing director and CEO of BlueScope Steel – a company with 16,400 staff in 17 countries and a revenue of $5.8 billion at the end of 2004, a 9% increase on the previous year. In the past year, the company has an- nounced significant new investments in India and China, as well as $120 million for a new Colorbond steel paint line to be built at Erskine Park in western Sydney. “There have been a number of challenges over this past year including higher raw material and scrap costs, the continued drive to achieve further cost and production efficiencies, the restructuring of our packaging products business, industrial disruption at our Western Port plant, and a stronger Australian 36 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2005 36-44 g - industry 36 6/2/05, 8:37 PM dollar relative to the US dollar and Asian currencies,” he said. “Our goal for the future remains on two key areas – continuing our safety aim of zero harm and continuing to reward shareholders as we grow.” Adams is also vice-chairman (and former chairman) of the International Iron & Steel Institute (IISI), the peak body for the world’s steel industry. Under his chairmanship, IISI developed its 11 sustainability indicators, designed to measure the economic, environmental and social performance of the world steel industry. Outside of work, he enjoys a number of activities including swimming, walking, running, going to the gym, gardening, reading and entertaining friends. Leigh Clifford, 57 Chief Executive of Rio Tinto, London Leigh Clifford is the chief executive of Rio Tinto, a worldwide resources company with approximately 33,000 staff (11,000 in Australia and New Zealand) and revenue of over US$14 billion. “Last year saw a variety of operational challenges flowing from a very difficult first quarter in our business which was offset subsequently by three strong quarters and a record year for the Rio Tinto group,” he said. For the coming year, Clifford predicted new challenges in ensuring the group has the skilled people in place to meet the demand of the market. “In addition with infrastructure pushed to its limits in many operations, significant new capital expenditure will be necessary,” he said. Originally from South Australia, Clifford graduated from the University of Melbourne with a bachelor of engineering in mining and a master in engineering science. His work and travel takes a lot of his time, but he still manages to fit in the occasional round of golf and a few laps on his bicycle. David Clarke, 61 Managing Director and CEO of Rinker Group, Florida David Clarke is the managing director and CEO of Rinker Group, which was established following the demerger of the heavy building materials businesses of CSR Limited in March 2003. It is one of the top 10 heavy building materials groups in the world, comprising Rinker Materials Corporation in the US and the Readymix and Humes businesses in Australia and Asia. Clarke’s entire career has been based in the heavy building materials industry. He graduated as a civil engineer from the West Australia Institute of Technology in 1966, before joining the Readymix Group, then 50% owned by CSR Limited. In 2003 Clarke joined the Rinker board. Prior to the demerger, he had been an executive director of CSR since 1996. Malcolm Broomhead, 52 Managing Director and CEO of Orica, Melbourne As managing director and CEO of Orica, Malcolm Broomhead leads a global business controlling interests in more than 40 countries. The company employs almost 11,000 people and the latest revenue figure for the year ending September 2004 was $4.6 billion. Broomhead came to the role at Orica in September 2001, after a career ranging across mining, energy, forestry, manufacturing, construction and investment. He holds degrees in civil engineering and business administration from the University of Queensland. In 2004, Broomhead was awarded the Chartered Accountants & Zurich Business Leader of the Year. His interests outside works are family, golf and skiing. industry