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Top 100 : 2009
TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS – COVER STORY Bob Every, 63 Non-executive Chairman of Wesfarmers, Perth Metallurgist, University of NSW ment of Trevor Eastwood. With about 200,000 employees, Wes- B farmers is the country’s largest employer, following the addition of about 160,000 employees when it acquired the Coles Group in late 2007. Its revenue in 2007/2008 was $33.6 billion, up from $9.7 billion in 2006/2007, the increase largely a refl ection of seven months trading with the Coles assets. In a recent letter to shareholders Every said that “despite the diffi cult economic conditions, the Wesfarmers businesses (includ- John Gaskell, 62 President and Managing Director, ABB Australia, Sydney Electrical engineer, University of Salford I n the position of president and managing director of ABB Australia, John Gaskell is responsible for 2250 staff . According to Gaskell, 2008 was the fi rst year the company exceeded $1 billion in orders. Another highlight was establishing an agreement with the University of Sydney to establish the ABB Technology Centre. From a young age, Gaskell was keen on technology. Although he said he has not done much “real engineering” for some time, he still enjoys keeping up to date with technological developments. His engineering training continues to serve him in his current role. “As a manager, one needs to keep a broad view of all aspects of the business. Engineering helps you to be analytical and this is important right across the business,” he said. Gaskell has worked in the UK, US, Iran, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and Iraq. “We did not get here until 2001 and we still wonder how it took us so long to discover Australia,” he said. “Th is is certainly our favourite place.” Apart from travelling, Gaskell enjoys sailing, gardening and appreciating Australian food and wine in his spare time. Albert Goller, 58 Chairman and Managing Director of Siemens Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne Electronics engineer, Paderborn University, Germany Australia and New Zealand achieved $1.9 billion in sales with 3300 employees in the fi scal year ending last September. Siemens offers innovative, technology- P based solutions in water, energy, environment, healthcare, productivity, mobility, safety and security. Albert Goller was appointed chairman and managing director of Siemens in Australia and New Zealand in 2002. He started his career as an electronics engineer with Siemens in Germany in 1973. One of his initiatives has been the Siemens Innovation Forum, which provides an interactive insight into how Siemens technologies meet the challenges posed by climate and demographic change, urbanisation and globalisation. One of the company’s recent projects has been the delivery of a turnkey solution for electricity distribution at the Kooragang Island coal loading facility in Newcastle. art of one of the world’s oldest, largest and diverse electro-technical groups, Siemens ob Every was appointed chairman of Wesfarmers in 2008 following the retire- ing Coles) were generally performing well”. Every retired from the position of managing director and CEO of OneSteel in 2005. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2009 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | | 37