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Top 100 : 2010
TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS -- COVER STORY Wal King, 65 Executive Director, Managing Director and CEO, Leighton Holdings, Sydney Civil engineer, University of NSW Wal King is regard- edasoneofthe most experienced and successful people in the construction industry, having been CEO of Leighton for more than 23 years. Leighton Holdings is the parent company of Australia s largest project development and contraction group that includes Thiess, John Holland, Leighton Properties, Leighton Contractors, Leighton International and Leighton Asia. Operations span projects in Australia, New Zealand, East and Southeast Asia and the Middle East. "Our diversi cation strategy has helped sustain the business through the worst of the global nancial crisis (GFC) and, a er the residual GFC issues impacting property and the Middle East subside, we see the growth in our core markets continuing to strengthen," King said. e rm has work in hand worth $38.4 billion and currently has more than 49,000 sta . Last nancial year total revenue was up 26% to $18.3 billion and this year is tracking to similar results. Among the major projects the company is working on are the Melbourne desalination plant, the Airport Link Project in Bris- bane, the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, and the Gorgon Project in Western Australia. David Knox, 52 Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Santos, Adelaide Mechanical engineer, University of Edinburgh, UK David Knox joined Santos in September 2007 as executive vice president growth businesses and became chief executive o cer and managing director in 2008. Santos has been providing Australia with natural gas from the remote outback for more than 40 years and supplies 18% of the nation s domestic gas needs. Knox is optimistic about new opportunities for LNG and expects demand to double in Asia in the next 15 years. In 2009, Santos added a fourth LNG project, Bonaparte LNG, to its portfolio in partnership with GDF SUEZ. e project will involve the development of a new oating LNG processing plant. A nal investment decision is expected to be made in 2013. In 2009, Santos total production was 54.4 million barrels of oil equivalent and its Australian exploration portfolio covers 133,800km2. Santos has about 2200 employees working across its opera- tions in Australia and Asia. Its revenue in the 12 months to 31 March this year was $2.2 billion. Richard Le CEO and Managing Dire Mechanical engineer, U Richard Leupen j CEO in Septembe then has restructure four businesses -- In Resources and Serv vides maintenance, ties management, engineering and construction ser- vices. e company s revenue for the 2008/09 nancial year was $4.8 bil- lion and its em- ployee number at present stands at more than 40,000. Revenue for the last quarter was $2.1 billion and Leupen is optimistic about the company s results. " is is one of UGL s strongest trading results, particularly considering the challenging economic climate. UGL is well placed to meet its full year pro t forecasts with a substantial amount of work already sold for the remainder of the year. "UGL is in excellent shape and we are very well placed to resume growth. We have a near record order book and a historically high bidding pipeline that underpins our con dence for the remainder of the 2009/10 nancial year and well into the 20110/11 nancial year and beyond." Leupen is married with two sons and enjoys boating and fishing. upe en, 56 ector, UUGL, Sydney University of NSW joined dUGLas er 20000 and since d the group into nfrastr ructure, Rail, vices. It pro- facili- 43 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010