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Top 100 : 2010
44 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010 COVER STORY -- TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS Ken MacKenzie, 46 CEO and Managing Director, Amcor, Melbourne Mechanical engineer, McGill University, Montreal, Canada Amcor is a global packaging group headquartered in Melbourne. It produces plastic, bre, metal and glass packaging products for consumer use. In 2008/2009 its revenue was $14 billion. In February this year, Amcor completed its acquisition of the busi- ness operations of Alcan Packaging, increasing its sales by about 50. Ken MacKenzie announced his interest in acquiring the former Rio Tinto packaging busi- nesses in February last year and made the deal in August. e businesses acquired have 80 plants in 28 countries and about 14,000 employees bringing Amcor s total presence to 43 countries with over 300 sites and a workforce of some 35,000 worldwide. In May, Amcor also announced its plans to combine its Australasian operations and US-based packing distribution unit into one division, Amcor Australasia and Packaging Distribution. MacKenzie joined Amcor in 1992 and in 2005 was elected CEO and managing director. He has managed businesses across the Americas, Europe, Australasia and Asia and has lived in North America, Australia and Europe. Andrew Liveris, 55 Chairman and CEO, Dow Chemical Company, Michigan, US Chemical engineer, University of Queensland Dow Chemical is a diversi ed chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics company that delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in 160 countries and in sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. Andrew Liveris career with Dow has spanned manufacturing, engineering, sales, mar- keting, and business and general management. He has spent the bulk of his career in Asia, where he was general manager for the company s operations in ailand, and later head of all Asia-Paci c operations. He began his Dow career in 1976 in Australia. Liveris joined Dow s board of directors in February 2004 and became CEO shortly a er in November 2004. He was also elected as chairman of the board in 2006. Liveris has been executing a strategy to transform Dow into an earnings growth company. e acquisition of specialty chemical maker Rohm & Haas last year was a pivotal point in the execution of this strategy, he said. While the acquisition and the global nancial crisis le the company nancially vulner- able, Liveris moved quickly to improve Dow s balance sheet by divesting several non-core businesses. e nancial markets have reacted favourably, sending the company s share price up more than four times from its lowest point in March 2009. In 2009, Dow had annual revenue of $45 billion and 52,000 sta worldwide. nathan Ling, 56 and Managing Director, Fletcher ing, Auckland, New Zealand hanical engineer, University of ourne than Ling has been the CEO managing director of Fletch- ding since 2006. e company nsists of ve divisions: build- ng products, distribution, infrastructure, laminates and panels, and steel across Aus- tralasia, Asia, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and the South Paci c. Fletcher Building s op- erations and projects include housing developments, com- mercial and infrastructure construction sites, manufacturing plants and quarries, dis- tribution centres, sales and support o ces, showrooms, and ideas centres. e company had revenue of $7.1 billion in the 2008/2009 nancial year. It employs about 16,500 people in 33 businesses worldwide. Ling has been preparing the company so that when the economy picks up it will be ready. "We have undertaken a range of initiatives to appropriately scale our manufacturing capacity and restructured our operations to optimise earnings in the light of lower volumes," Ling said. " is year has been about maximising our cash earnings during the recession, and restructuring the business so that we are strongly positioned for the economic recovery, when it comes." Jo CEO a Build Mech Melbo ona and er Build con i E t e h