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Top 100 : 2009
COVER STORY – TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS INDUSTRY Sue Murphy, 51 CEO, Water Corporation, Perth Civil engineer, University of Western Australia the state’s water sources, services and infrastructure can sustainably meet current and anticipated needs. She is in charge of more than 3000 employees. Th e company’s operating area covers the I state. It supplies drinking water to two million customers, wastewater and drainage services to homes, businesses and farms, and bulk water to farms for irrigation. n her role as CEO of the WA Water Corporation, Sue Murphy is responsible for ensuring Ken Moss, 63 Chair of Boral, Sydney Mechanical engineer, University of Newcastle B oral Limited is Australia’s largest building and construction ma- terials supplier and has signifi cant operations in the USA and Asia. Despite its exposure to the US market and the housing downturn about a year before the fi nancial crash, it still managed a revenue in 2008 of $5.2 billion. Boral has over 15,900 employees working across 717 operating sites. However, its profits have de- clined signifi cantly in the past year. Moss recently told the financial press that Boral is examining succession options when the CEO Rod Pearse’s contract expires at the end of this year. Moss joined the Boral board in 1999 and became the chairman in 2000. Mark Nolan, 54 Chair, ExxonMobil Australia Mechanical engineer, Melbourne University M ark Nolan was appointed as chair of the ExxonMobil Group of Companies in Australia in 2004. Nolan began his career with Esso Australia in 1978 and worked in several management positions in Australia and the United States. With around 1700 employees in Australia, ExxonMobil is one of Australia’s largest Th e company invested $810 million in capital works for water and wastewater services in the 2007/08 fi nancial year. It manages more than $11.5 billion in water supply, sewerage and drainage infrastructure. Despite the economic downturn, Murphy said the core business remains unchanged. “It doesn’t matter what the price of iron ore is, our customers still fl ush their toilets and shower and water their gardens as before. I see great opportunity for us in these uncertain times to recruit talent, get better value from our capital spend and embed our water effi ciency message in the community.” Th e company is focusing on new water sources such as the planned Southern Seawater desalination plant, and water demand management including behavioural change programs in the Margaret River. integrated petroleum companies. It has a total investment of $13 billion and activities ranging from oil and gas production to fuel and lubricants marketing. The group’s total revenue in 2008 was $10.4 billion, with annual expenditure of around $2 billion. Th is year will be ExxonMobil’s 40th anniversary of the start of oil and gas production from the Bass Strait operations. Th e company currently has more than $3 billion of gas production projects in Bass Strait. “Our overriding objective is a safe workplace, and engineering skills are critical to meeting this goal in every aspect from planning and design through to ongoing maintenance and operations,” Nolan said. In addition to having overall responsibility for all ExxonMobil’s business in Australia and Papua New Guinea, Nolan is currently the chair of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, a director of the Business Council of Australia, and a director of United Way Melbourne. 44 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2009 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2009