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Top 100 : 2009
TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS – COVER STORY Andrew Michelmore, 56 CEO of OZ Minerals, Melbourne Chemical engineer, University of Melbourne A lot has happened in the past year, since Andrew Michel- more became the CEO of Zinifex. Th e company merged with Oxiana to become OZ Minerals. Due to its high borrowings the new company faced serious fi nancial diffi culties in the international downturn. Th e company is currently in ne- gotiation with Chinese company Minmetals for the sale of most of its Australian assets, with the exception of the Prominent Hill mine in South Australia because of national security reasons. OZ Minerals is the world’s Peter McMorrow, 59 Managing Director, Leighton Contractors, Sydney Assoc highway eng (WA Institute of Technology) tors in 2004. He believes safety, health and the en- P vironment are extremely important and that performance should be measured by actions and behaviours rather than just fi nancial results. “Th e most important thing Leighton Contractors can do is ensure our people return home safely each day,” he told Engineers Australia. In the past fi ve years this quintes- sential construction fi rm has diversifi ed into mining, industrial, telecommunications and investment activities with the number of employees quadrupling to more than 9000. Revenue in 2007/2008 was more than $4.5 billion and work in hand currently exceeds $8 billion. McMorrow has more than 30 years experience in construction and infrastructure, including 11 years with Leighton Asia, where he held various positions including director and general manager for operations in Hong Kong, mainland China and the Phillipines. eter McMorrow was appointed managing director of Leighton Contrac- second largest producer of zinc as well as a substantial producer of copper, lead, gold and silver. Prior to his current position, Michelmore spent two years in London and Russia as chief executive offi cer of Russian fi rm EN+ Group. He is no stranger to the mining industry, having been CEO of WMC from 2003 to 2005 when the company was taken over by BHP Billiton. Michelmore is also chairman of the Jean Hailes Foundation for Women’s Health and chairman of the Council of Ormond College at Th e University of Melbourne. Ken MacKenzie, 45 Managing Director and CEO of Amcor, Melbourne Mechanical engineer, McGill University, Montreal A mcor is a major global packaging group, based in Melbourne. It has 260 manufacturing sites in 38 countries and derives about 80% of its earnings from overseas. Th e fi rm employs 21,000 people and its annual revenue in 2007/2008 was $9.3 billion. MacKenzie said that sustainability is now one of the biggest issues in packaging. “We are very concerned about the impact our operations have on the environment. We have had great success in reducing our carbon emissions, waste to landfi ll and overall water use and have set ambitious targets for further reductions,” he said, adding that the fi rm was working with its customers to minimise the total lifecycle environmental impact of its products. MacKenzie has been with Amcor about 16 years and has worked in all the major operating divisions of the company, including PET, flexibles, tobacco packaging and closures. He has managed businesses across the Americas, Europe, Australasia and Asia and has lived in North America, Australia and Europe. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2009 43