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Top 100 : 2009
TOP 100 AUSTR OR Ross Hitt, 56 Chief Executive Offi cer of SMEC Holdings Civil engineer, Gordon Institute of Technology/Deakin University following Peter Busbridge’s move to the chairmanship of the company. With 3800 employees SMEC – origi- R nally the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation – is now a major international engineering and development consultancy. Apart from its roots in Australia, SMEC operates throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Oceania. A lot of its international work is for development projects funded through finance institutions such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, AusAID and various other international finance institutions and bilateral agencies. The company’s geographical and technical diversity has been a key for its continu- ing profitability in the face of the current economic downturn, Hitt said. “At this stage SMEC continues to grow and experience record profits, although some downturn is to be expected in the next one to two years.” In his leisure Hitt likes walking, fishing and watching football. Jim Mantle, 47 Managing Director of Parsons Brinckerhoff for Australia/Pacifi c, Melbourne Civil engineer, Nottingham /Nottingham Trent University, UK D r Jim Mantle is the managing director of consulting engineer Parsons Brinckerhoff ’s operations in Australia and the Pacifi c, where the company has more than 2300 employees generating revenue of $400 million. Mantle was appointed to his cur- rent position at the beginning of 2008, aft er having led the Victorian arm of the organisation for 15 years. Th e company was named best engi- neering consulting fi rm with revenue of more than $200 million in the 2009 BRW Client Choice Awards. Due to the economic downturn the company has revised its revenue growth projection for this year to 20%, which is much less than in previous years, Mantle said. However, no retrenchments have been necessary. On the contrary, the company has added about 100 staff in the past 10 months, he said. In his leisure Mantle enjoys cy- cling and playing golf, “both with limited skill”. mining and industrial business. By contrast our Africa, Middle East and Europe zone continues to expand and we are looking at projected revenue growth of over 20% into 2009/10. “The African continent continues to emerge as a supplier to the world of rich resources,” he said adding that the strong aid programs are also likely to continue for some time. In his leisure Hardy is a keen and daily walker, plays golf “poorly” but enjoys it, and is a strong supporter of the Collingwood Football Club. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2009 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | | 49 oss Hitt has been the chief executive offi cer Holdings since the beginning of this ye Paul Hardy, 54 Global Chief Executive Offi cer of Aurecon, Melbourne Civil engineer, Monash University P aul Hardy is leading Aurecon, a new consulting group created earlier this year through the coming together of Connell Wagner and South African fi rms Africon and Ninham Shand. Th e group now has 6700 employees operating in 87 offi ces across 28 countries – in Australia, Asia-Pacifi c, Africa and the Middle East – with revenues in excess of $1 billion. Before Aurecon, Hardy was chairman and CEO of Connell Wagner. He said one of the fundamental reasons for forming Aurecon was to diversify geographically and economically as a buff er to economic downturn. “We are feeling some pressure on our rev- enues in our Asia Pacifi c zone, in particular in the areas of private building development, urban development, and parts of our