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Top 100 : 2010
TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS -- COVER STORY Leigh Clifford, 62 Chairman, Qantas, Melbourne Mining engineer, University of Melbourne Leigh Cli ord has been chairman of Qantas since 2007. Last nancial year, the company had revenue of $14.6 billion and carried over 38 million passengers on 334,000 ights. It employs 34,000 sta . To counter the previous year s major contraction in global avia- tion demand, Cli ord said Qantas responded to these challenges by deferring aircra purchases. However, the company still has over 160 new aircra on order over the next 10 years and now has six A380s in service. Last November, Qantas announced Airport of the Future, which will feature next-generation check-in that will allow members to use a swipe card as their boarding pass, and an associated "world rst" permanent bag tag. Trials will commence in Perth later this year, before roll-out across Australia into 2011. Last year, the former Rio Tinto CEO was awarded the highest honour conferred by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He received the Institute Medal for "his outstanding leadership of the minerals industry globally through his service with the CRA/Rio Tinto group, the active promotion of profes- sional development, the advancement of indigenous employment and the recognition of the importance of sustainable development". Cli ord is also chairman of Bechtel Australia. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and trying to keep t. Alan Cransberg, 51 Managing Director of Alcoa of Australia, Perth Civil engineer, University of Western Australia Alan Cransberg is the managing director of Alcoa of Australia, the world s largest inte- grated bauxite mining, alumina re ning and aluminium smelting and rolling system. It employs about 6200 people and is 60% owned by Alcoa and 40% owned by Alumina. Going through a tough year for the aluminium industry that has included a so ened market and a strong Australian dollar, Alcoa of Australia has undergone a number of restructures in the past year including the suspension of work on the proposed expan- sion of the Wagerup Re nery, the curtailment of Portland Aluminium s production by 15%, capital reductions and some sta restructuring. Cransberg is proud of the company s achievement in being named for the ninth consecutive year as an Employer of Choice for Women by the federal government s Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency. A graduate of the University of Western Australia, Cransberg lives in Mandurah with his wife and four children. He sits on the boards of the West Coast Eagles, Black Swan eatre Company, ABaF and AIM. Nick Bowen, 50 Managing Director and CEO, Macmahon Holdings, Perth Mining engineer, University of NSW Macmahon Holdings is one of Australasia s major construc- tion and contract mining compa- nies, with its services spanning the transport, water, rail and resource sectors. Nick Bowen has led the company for the past 10 years. In the upcoming year, he expects the company to gener- ate a greater proportion of its revenue from construction rather than its mining operations. In 2005, construction only amounted to 16% of total revenue. Today, it accounts for 57%. Current projects include the Mitchell Freeway exten- sion in Western Australia, the Jilalan Rail Yard Upgrade in Queensland and the Darwin Waterfront Project in the Northern Territory. According to Bowen, the increase in construction revenue is a result of increased government spending and new opportuni- ties in the energy sector. Total revenue for the 2009 nancial year was $1.5 billion, a 19% increased on the previous period. He is con dent that the company can achieve 2010 revenue of at least $1.3 billion. Bowen is a member of the Executive Council of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA and a director of the Australian Constructors Association. 37 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010