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Top 100 : 2009
COVER STORY – TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS INDUSTRY Fo r t h e quar ter ending 31 March 2009, revenue of US$227 million was a 16% increase on a constant currency basis over the previous corresponding period. Th e company has more than 3000 employees in Peter Farrell, 67 Chairman of ResMed, San Diego, US Chemical engineer, University of Sydney esMed is a leading developer, manufacturer, and distributor of medical equipment for treating, diagnosing, and managing sleep-disordered breathing and other respiratory disorders. It is listed on the New York and Australian Stock Exchanges. R Australia and the US. It consistently spends 6% to 7% of revenues on R&D. Innovative new products include new motor technology, nasal masks and a wireless data system. Dr Peter Farrell is the founder of the company and he was named the 2005 National Entrepreneur of the Year for Health Sciences in the US. Richard Goodmanson, 61 Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Offi cer of DuPont, Wilmington, Delaware, US Civil engineer, Royal Military College Duntroon (University of NSW) a specifi c focus on growth in emerging economies and transformational productivity programs. Prior to joining DuPont in 1999 Goodmanson was president and CEO of America West Airlines. DuPont’s revenue in the 2008 fiscal year was US$31.8 billion and gross profi t was US$7.7 billion, but severe recession in the US and Europe has seen a sharp decline this year. Employee numbers are also down on the 60,000 mark of recent years. A US citizen, Goodma- R nson was born in Australia and received most of his education here. As well as his engineering qualifi cation, he holds degrees in commerce and economics from the University of Queensland and an MBA from Columbia University in the US. 36 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2009 ichard Goodmanson’s current responsiblities at the multinational chemicals and health care company DuPont include leading the operational functions worldwide, with Peter Goode, 51 Managing director and chief executive offi cer of Transfi eld Services, Sydney Petroleum engineer, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland H aving been raised in rural South Australia Peter Goode has pursued a highly successful career, initially as a petroleum engineer and in the past decade in executive roles in leading global companies. Earlier this year he was appointed managing director and chief executive of Transfi eld Services. Th e company, which had its origins as a family business in postwar Australia, is now a global concern with revenue in 2007/2008 of $3 billion and a staff of 29,000. Beyond Australia, the fi rm also operates in New Zealand, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, New Caledonia, Southeast Asia, India, Chile and Canada. In recent years Goode was also chairman of oilfi eld services company Expro Group International and Capital Safety Group, which specialsies in working-at-height safety solutions. Earlier in his career he was a research scientist for Schlumberger where he published more than 30 technical papers and was awarded four patents, including the Modular Dynamics Tester (MDT), which became the highest revenue earning product in Schlumberger’s history. Th e MDT replaced expensive surface testing and fl uid sampling, which could cost up to ten times more than the new process.