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Top 100 : 2009
TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS – COVER STORY Chris Jenkins, 50 Managing Director of Thales Australia, Sydney Mechanical engineer, University of NSW W ith a full-year revenue to December 2008 of more than $1 billion and 3500 staff in three dozen sites, Th ales Australia is one of the country’s largest defence contractors and a signifi cant presence in the aerospace and security markets. It is also a major regional provider of air traffi c management systems. Its capabilities include electronic warfare, training simulators and specialised vehicles as well as shipbuilding, rail signalling and integrated ticketing. “Th e company is demonstrating its abil- ity to deliver the most advanced capabilities across both defence and commercial market sectors in Australia and New Zealand, while gaining important export contracts throughout the world in technologies such as air traffi c control systems, protected vehicles, mine countermeasures and ordnance,” Jenkins said. He has held a number of senior roles in Th ales, both domestically and internationally over the past 12 years. Ray Horsburgh, 66 Chair of Toll Holdings, Melbourne Chemical engineer RMIT “T he global economic environment is both a challenge and an opportunity for the Toll Group as the company provides services across a large range of logistics sectors and in more than 50 countries around the world,” Ray Horsburgh told Engineers Australia. “Th e Toll Group has very low levels of debt and a strong track record of successful acquisitions and integration. Opportunities are becoming available at much better prices now than they would have a couple of years ago,” he said. Toll Holdings earned $5.6 billion in Grant King, 54 Managing Director of Origin Energy, Sydney Civil engineer, University of NSW supplying natural gas, electricity and LP gas to more than 3.6 million business and retail customers. Since listing on the Australian Stock Exchange in 2000 the fi rm has pursued a strategy as O a fuel-integrated generator and retailer of energy. It has also established a lead in coal seam gas, is a major provider of green energy products and is currently building the country’s biggest combined-cycle gas turbine plant on Queensland’s Darling Downs. Grant King was appointed the company’s managing director at the time of its demerger from Boral in February 2000. He had been the managing director of Boral Energy from 1994. rigin Energy’s annual revenue last fi nancial year was $8.2 billion. Th e company and its subsidiaries employ about 4900 staff across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacifi c, revenue in 2007/2008. A labour-intensive transport and logistics organisation, it employs about 30,000 staff . Horsburgh developed his career over three decades with then Australian Consolidated Industries, including becoming CEO of the ACI Glass Group where he was responsible for operations in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Indonesia, Malaysia and China. He has been chair of Toll since Septem- ber 2007 and was the CEO of Smorgon Steel Group prior to its merger with OneSteel a couple of years ago. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2009 39