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Top 100 : 2009
COVER STORY – TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS INDUSTRY Jonathan Ling, 55 CEO and Managing Director, Fletcher Building, Auckland, NZ hanical engineer, University of Melbourne employs about 18,500 people worldwide, of whom 13,000 are in New Zealand and Australia. rincipal activities are producing and distributing concrete, steel and building products. It also has interests in property and housing. nathan Ling has been the company’s CEO and managing director since 2006. Prior to joining VER STORY – TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS INDUSTRY Jonathan Ling, 55 CEO and Managing Director, Fletcher Building, Auckland, NZ hanical engineer, University of Melbourne employs about 18,500 people worldwide, of whom 13,000 are in New Zealand and Australia. rincipal activities are producing and distributing concrete, steel and building products. It also has interests in property and housing. nathan Ling has been the company’s CEO and managing director since 2006. Prior to joining er er Building in 2003, he was executive general manager of the Nylex Division of Austrim Nylex. was chief executive offi cer of Visy Recycling for four years and prior to that, the manager of corporate development with Pacifi ca where he led Pacifi ca’s extensive business build up in Asia. letcher Building is one of the biggest building materials fi rms in Australasia. Last fi nancial year generated NZ$7.1 billion. Its interim revenue at the end of last year was NZ$3.7 billion. Th e Andrew Liveris, 54 President, CEO and Chairman, Dow Chemical Company, Michigan, US Chemical engineer, University of Queensland I t has been a tough year for the Dow Chemical Company and its president Andrew Liveris. The firm has shed about 2500 staff, part of a decision to close 20 plants and retrench 5000 altogether, a bit more than 10% of its global workforce of about 45,000 at the end of last year. Liveris’ 30- year Dow career has spanned manufacturing, sales, marketing, new business development and management . He has spent the bulk of his career in Asia, where he was general manager for the company’s operations in Th ailand, and later head of all Asia-Pacifi c operations. He began his Dow career in 1976 in Australia. He has been a member of Dow’s Board of Directors since February 2004 and was elected as chairman of the board in 2006. Liveris also serves on the board of directors of Citigroup, one of the world’s major fi nancial services companies, and is a member of the US Climate Action Partnership. He is active in a number of chemical industry and business associations. 42 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2009 Jeremy Maycock, 57 Chief Executive Offi cer of CSR, Sydney Mechanical engineer, Liverpool University, UK T hrough its three principal businesses, CSR is a leading supplier of building products and sugar, and holds an interest in the Tomago aluminium smelter. Its revenue in the 12 months to 31 March this year was $3.5 billion, up from $3.2 billion in 2007/2008, but profi ts were signifi - cantly down due to the economic downturn. CSR has about 7000 employees in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. “L i k e mo s t cyclical companies, CSR faced significant earnings pressure over the past year as economic conditions deteriorated which affected most of our businesses,” Jerry Maycock told CSR shareholders. “In our building products business we have implemented comprehensive cost reduction and operational improvement initiatives,” he said. Prior to his employment with CSR in April last year, Maycock was managing director of Hastie Group, which over a three year term he transitioned from private equity ownership to a successful and rapidly growing business providing mechanical and electrical building services.