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Premas. Leupen said a highlight of his early career was managing a 2x24MVA silicon smelter project at the age of 33. He believes his greatest challenge has been in building United Group to the position of being a significant service group in Australia and Asia with a staff of 7500. Apart from business, his main hobbies are boating, fishing, gardening and photography. Stuart McGill, 62 Senior Vice-President of ExxonMobil, Irving, Texas, US Currently living in the US, Dr Stuart McGill a bachelor degree and PhD in chemical engineering from Sydney University. McGill joined Esso Australia in 1969 as an engineer in the production department. He held various engineering positions with Esso in Victoria and Exxon in the US. In 1980 he became managing director of Esso Production Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, and, in 1985, was appointed chairman and managing director of Esso Australia. In 1988 he returned to the US as vice-president of Exxon Company International. After a time with Esso in Europe, he held several senior positions with Exxon and later ExxonMobil in the US. He is now the company’s senior vice-president and is based in Irving, Texas. Ken Moss, 59 Nonexecutive Chairman of Boral, Sydney Mechanical engineer Dr Ken Moss has been the chairman of Boral since 2001. The company has a turnover of about $4 billion and a workforce of 14,750. “In the past year, the company has continued to deliver on its perform and grow strategy, having invested some $1.4 billion on growth over the past five years of which half has come in the last 18 months or so. Of that $1.4 billion, about 40% is offshore, which is in line with Boral’s strategic intent to be a focused building and construction materials company operating in Australia and increasingly offshore,” he said. Moss is also the chairman of Centennial Coal, which operates 12 coal mines in NSW, making it one of the largest underground coal producers in the state. He is a director of Adsteam Marine Limited and GPT Management Limited, and board member of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (former chairman). Moss has an engineering degree (honours) and a doctorate of philosophy in mechanical engineering from the University of Newcastle. Andrew Liveris, 50 President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dow Chemical Company, Midland, Michigan, US Andrew Liveris has had a spectacular career with Dow, from when he joined the firm in Melbourne in 1976, fresh from the University of Queensland with a first class honours degree in chemical engineering. His 28 year career with Dow has spanned manufacturing, sales, marketing, new business development and management in Australia, Hong Kong and the US. In 1992 he moved to the US as group busi- ness director for Emulsion Polymers and New Ventures. He was appointed general manager in 1993 and vice-president in 1994 for Dow’s start-up businesses in environmental services. In 1995 he was named president of Dow Chemical Pacific and moved backed to Hong Kong. He returned to the US in 1998 as vicepresident of Dow Specialty Chemicals. In 2000 he was appointed president of Dow’s Performance Chemicals Business Group, a US$5 billion portfolio that brought together specialty chemical businesses from several acquisitions. He now lives in Midland, Michigan. Tony Palmer, 58 Managing Director and Chief Executive of Newcrest Mining, Melbourne After formative experience in the Broken Hill mining region, Palmer joined the Western Mining Corporation (WMC) where he worked for 20 years, culminating in his appointment as regional manager for eastern Australian operations, which included responsibility for the $550 million Olympic Dam project. After leaving WMC, he established an in- dependent and still existing drilling contracting business, before joining Normandy Mining in 1991 as managing director. After leaving Normandy in 1997, Palmer worked with Multiplex Constructions. He joined Newcrest as managing director and CEO in December 2001. The company’s growth potential focused on the possible redevelopment of the Telfer gold deposit in Western Australia. With the new open pit and underground operations, at an overall cost of about $1.2 billion, Telfer became one of Australia’s largest resource development projects. With an ongoing focus on cost control and achievement of production targets, Newcrest has made steady profits during Palmer’s time as managing director. The company’s share price rose from $3.35 to more than $12.00, with Newcrest emerging among Australia’s top mining companies and elevated into the ASX top 50 companies. Palmer holds a degree in mining engineering from the University of NSW. With an ongoing focus on cost control and achievement of production targets, Newcrest has made steady profits during Palmer’s time as managing director. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2005 41 36-44 g - industry 41 6/2/05, 8:42 PM industry