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Top 100 : 2010
45 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010 TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS -- COVER STORY Peter McMorrow, 60 Managing Director, Leighton Contractors, Sydney Civil engineer, Curtin University When Peter McMorrow was appointed as managing director of Leigh- ton Contractors in 2004, the company was a general construction business with 2500 employees and work-in-hand of $2.5 billion. Under McMorrow s leadership, the company has grown in size to over 9500 employees and diversi ed its portfolio dramatically. In the nancial year 2008/09, the company s annual revenue stood at $5.7 billion and work-in-hand at over $9 billion. From recording a loss of $79 million in 2004, the company has since delivered a series of strong pro ts. McMorrow developed the company into a values-based organisation with safety as its number one priorpity. He will be stepping down as managing director in September but will remain with the company as the executive chairman of Broad Construc- tion Services, a subsidiary of Leighton Contractors. Leighton Contractors specialises in complex infrastructure, delivering projects for clients across a range of industries and sectors including resources, construction, telecommunications, energy, and facility management. Susan Murphy, 52 CEO, Water Corporation, Western Australia, Perth Civil engineer, University of Western Australia Susan Murphy is the CEO of the Water Corpo- ration of Western Australia. She is in charge of more than 3000 employ- ees.The Corpora- tion manages more than $12.3 billion in water supply, sewerage and drainage in- frastructure. In 2008/2009, its an- nual revenue was $1.7 billion and it invested more than $1 billion in capital works. Murphy said high levels of investment are set to continue over the next several years, and the corporation is further building its contracting strategies and relationships with the private sector to help achieve these. e corporation is focusing on securing Western Australia s water future in the face of lower rainfall and continued population growth through the improvement of recycling and water use ef- ciency, and the planning of new water sources that are sustainable and independent of rainfall, she said. Murphy encourages greater participation of women in the water industry. She was a founding member of the WA Division of Engineers Australia s Women in Engineering panel. George Maltabarow, 60 Managing Director, EnergyAustralia, Sydney Electrical engineer, University of Sydney George Maltabarow is EnergyAustralia s managing director, ap- pointed in 2005. Based in NSW, EnergyAustralia is a national gas and electricity business operating Australia s largest electricity distribution sys- tem, spanning 22,275 km2. It distributes electricity to the Sydney, Central Coast and Hunter regions. Its revenue for the financial year ending 30 June 2009 was $3.3 billion. It employs about 6000 people across Australia. Under Maltabarow s leadership, EnergyAustralia established two Centres of Excellence at the University of Sydney and the University of Newcastle, for research and development of intelligent electricity net- works. EnergyAus- tralia is rolling out a $200 mil- lion smart grid program and is also investing $8 billion between 2009 and 2014 for network re- newal and up- grades, includ- ing $1 billion for Sydney s CBD. Maltabarow is a board member of the Energy Networks Association of Australia; a director of the Energy Supply Association of Australia, and president of the University of Sydney s Electrical and Information Science Foundation.