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Top 100 : 2010
38 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010 COVER STORY -- TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS Mike Devereux, 44 Chairman and Managing Director, GM Holden Australia, Melbourne Industrial engineer, GMI Engineering & Management Institute, US As a self-confessed "car man" Mike Devereux was understandably excited when asked to take the reigns at GM Holden in March this year. He was named chairman and managing director of GM Holden, and is now responsible for the organisation s business operations and more than 4500 employees in Australia and New Zealand. He assumed the positions having previously served as president and managing director of General Motors Middle East operations in Dubai. He joined the company in 1984 as an engineering co-op student as part of the St Catharine s Engine and Foundry Complex within GM of Canada. " e Holden brand is one of the strongest assets we have in Gen- eral Motors," Devereux said. "We have a wonderful product lineup, a powerful brand and, above all, great people with the will to win." Peter Farrell, 68 Executive Chairman of ResMed, San Diego, US Chemical engineer, University of Sydney Dr Peter Farrell founded medical device company ResMed in 1989 and has served both as CEO and, since 2007, as executive chairman. ResMed is a leading devel- oper, manufacturer and distributor of medical equipment for treating, diagnosing and managing sleep-disordered breathing and other respiratory disorders. e company is listed on the New York and Australian Stock Exchanges and has grown to over 3000 employees across 22 countries. It has delivered 61 quarters of consecutive growth, has assets of more than US$1.7 billion and is on a run-rate to have sales of over US$1 billion in scal year 2010. ResMed regularly contributes up to 7% of it annual revenue to R&D. Farrell shares his passion for innovation and entrepreneurship through speaking engagements and thought leadership on these subjects. Also an avid supporter of the arts, he is the cur- rent president of the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego. He is on the medical, engineering and business school boards at the University of California, San Diego, and is chairman of the Executive Council of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He also sits on the Board of Directors of NuVasive, a spinal injuries company listed on Nasdaq. He was named Australian Entrepreneur of the Year for 2001 and National Entre- preneur of the US for Health Sciences for 2005. Bob Every, 64 Non-executive chairman of Wesfarmers, Perth Metallurgist, University of NSW Dr Bob Every was appointed chairman of Wesfarmers in 2008. Wesfarmers is one of the country s largest employers and had operating revenue in 2008/09 of $51 billion, up from $33 billion in 2007/08. Midyear results show the company is on track to re- cord similar operating rev- enue this nancial year. Despite the tough oper- ating conditions, Wesfarm- ers noted that the "results re ect the strength of hav- ing diversity of earnings". Wesfarmers business operations cover: supermarkets, department stores, home improvement and o ce supplies; coal mining; energy; insurance; chemicals and fertilisers; and industrial and safety products. " e GFC has tested boards over the past couple of years with a lot of focus on survival and balance sheet management," Every said. " e focus now has shi ed to strategic matters to try and un- derstand the dynamics of national and global economies and how the company s portfolio of businesses ts into that environment." Every retired as chairman of Iluka Resources last month to take up the position of chairman of Boral. "My board positions in both Sydney and Perth enable me to be involved with my children and grandchildren who are spread over both cities," he said. "If not working or involved with family I relax by playing golf and walking to try and stay t ."