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Top 100 : 2010
COVER STORY -- TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS Grant King, 55 Managing Director of Origin Energy, Sydney he managing director of Ori- n integrated energy company as and oil exploration and ower generation and energy ny s annual revenue last - as $8 billion. Origin employs ople across Australia, New d and the Paci c, servicing more than 3 million cus- tomers. Origin is the largest owner and developer of gas- red power generation in Australia. This year it will complete the 630MW combined-cycle Darling Downs Powerstation and nish construction of the 550MW Mortlake Powerstation. Geoff Knox, CEO and Managing Director of the Downer Group, Sy Civil engineer, University of Western Aus The Downer Group is one of Australasia s major service providers to the resources, energy and infrast ture sectors. Led by Geo Knox since February 2008, the group recorded total revenue of $5.9 billion nancial year, up 6.3% on the previous year. Knox said a highlight was the h consecutive half of solid operating cash ow at $336.5 million, up 2 e group s work-in-hand remains strong at over $16 billion. "Our synergies program is successfully delivering a leaner, tter business, capable of delivering sustained growth and performance while further supporting a more integrated approach to business," he said. Last month, Downer was announced as the preferred tenderer on a $3 billion mining con- tract with Fortescue Metals Group and named as one of seven companies to be involved with the first release site pilot program for the telecommunications network design services to NBN Company for the national broadband network. Marius Kloppers, 47 Chief Executive Officer and board member of BHP Billiton, Melbourne Chemical engineer, University of Pretoria Dr Marius Kloppers has been CEO of BHP Bil- liton since 2007. In the 2009 nancial year the company recorded revenue of US$50 billion. It employs approxi- mately 38,000 people in mining and processing op- erations across 25 countries. As for his leadership chal- lenges, he said: "We spend a lot of time as a team thinking about how to create a simpler organisation. We look at how to organise people and systems so that as the organisation grows it is manage- able and controlled -- that s the single biggest thing." 52 ydney stralia truc- n last 21.9%. d d Managing Director of Origin Energy, Sydney Civil engineer, University of NSW rant King is th gin Energy, an focusing on ga production, po retailing. e compan nancial year wa nearly 4200 pe Zealand Albert Goller, 59 Chairman and Managing Director, Siemens Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne Electronics engineer, Paderborn University, Germany Albert Goller is the chairman and managing director of Siemens Australia and New Zealand. e company operates from 87 locations across Australia and New Zealand, and for the 12-month period ending 30 September 2009, had sales of $2.5 billion and some 3300 sta . Siemens is currently providing a pressurised membrane treatment system for the WA Water Corporation s southern seawater desalination plant in Binningup, south of Perth. e plant will provide about 15% of Perth s water supply when completed in 2011. Another major project was the rst IEC61850 installation for South Australian transmission company ElectraNet. e company has also been awarded a contract by Transpower NZ to supply two high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) converter stations for the inter-Island HVDC Pole 3 project, which electrically links the north and south islands of New Zealand. Goller believes Australia s water and energy supply systems can be made more sustain- able through the innovative use of technology. Earlier this year the company launched a new research project called Picture the Future. 42 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010