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Top 100 : 2010
36 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010 COVER STORY -- TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS Marin Burela, 49 President and CEO, Ford Australia, Melbourne Electrical engineer, Deakin University Marin Burela is the Presi- dent and CEO of Ford Australia, in charge of strategic direction, nding new revenue opportunities, ensuring the delivery of high-quality vehicles, and inspiring the company s almost 5000 employees. In 2009, Ford announced it was investing $230 mil- lion to improve the fuel ef- ciency and environmental impact of Australian-made models. In 2011, the Ford Falcon will be the rst rear- wheel drive vehicle that will deliver up to 20% better fuel economy and 15% per cent fewer CO2 emissions. e Australian-made SUV Ford Territory, will receive a clean diesel version of Ford s 2.7L turbocharged V6 engine. Even with this signi cant investment, Ford recorded a net a er tax pro t of $13 million for 2009, an improvement of $287 million on 2008 and the company s rst pro t since 2005. In 2010, the company has invested in local operations, including a $20 million upgrade of the Geelong casting plant, which will produce one million brake parts annually for Bosch Chassis Systems Australia. Burela describes running a car company as a twenty-four hour task, but in his few spare moments he enjoys spending time with his family, being involved with the Ford V8 Racing team and supporting the Geelong Cats. is just one example of Ford Australia Peter Brecht, 54 Chief Executive Officer, Bilfinger Berger Australia, Sydney Civil engineer, University of Newcastle Peter Brecht is the chief executive o cer of Bil nger Berger Australia. He is responsible ment, strategic direction and investment opportunities of one of Australia s largest engine construction companies. Bil nger Berger Australia is the holding company for Abigroup, Baulderstone and Bil nger Services. Last year, its annual turnover was $4.7 billion. Sta numbers have increased over t few years and now total more than 6800. Earlier in the year, the company reported it had a growing order book of more than $5 b and it has tendered for preferred bidder status on a number of additional contracts. Bil nger Berger Australia is involved with several major infrastructure projects across Aust including the Port Botany expansion in Sydney and the Gateway upgrade in Brisbane. Last mo Brecht agged that the holding company was planning to change its name to Valemus Limit Brecht is currently a board member of the University of Newcastle Foundation, as well the Queensland University of Technology Chief Executive O cer Forum. He is also the vice president of the Australian Contractors Association. Brecht enjoys rugby, boating and golf. nage- n for m ma nd an eeringg a ger r Bergge past he pa n llion bill lia trali th, onth ted. t as e- David Caspari, 37 Managing director, HP Enterprise Services, South Pacific, Sydney Electrical engineer, University of NSW David Caspari is the man- aging director of HP En- terprise Services, formerly known as Electronic Data Systems (EDS) for South Paci c. During 2008/09, he led the company through one of the largest integra- tions in the history of the IT industry. is year, two important areas of investment and growth for the organisa- tion will be "Green" and "Innovation". For instance, the company has developed the Carbon Management Service (CEMS), which provides organisations with a roadmap to reduce energy usage and carbon dioxide emissions. Caspari values the op- portunities his education has given him. He said: " e holistic nature of engineer- ing studies has equipped me with the right mix of skills to successfully meet the challenges of today s modern business environment. It has been, and continues to be the ideal foundation." "Understanding the signi cant advancement and developments in modern technology over the past 100 years gives you an idea of the monumental role it has played in shaping today s society. Even more exciting is knowing that I have played some role, albeit small, in this journey," Caspari said.