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Top 100 : 2010
46 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010 COVER STORY -- TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS Tom Quinn, 49 Senior Vice President, Aker Solutions, Australia/Asia-Pacific, Melbourne Mechanical engineer, Monash University As senior vice president Australia/Asia-Paci c, Tom Quinn is responsible for the performance and strategic direction of Aker Solutions process and construction businesses in the Asia-Paci c region. ese include projects in oil, gas and process, mining, and environmental/energy sectors, varying in value up to $3 billion. ey span across Kazakhstan, India, China, Philippines, Austra- lia and Vietnam and involve more than 4000 people, including contractors. In the short to medium term, Quinn seeks to in- crease the number of resource projects in the Asian region and focus more on the growing energy and environmental sectors. Aker Solutions four business ar- eas are energy de- velopment; subsea and subsurface solutions and ser- vices; products and technologies; and process and con- struction. It em- ploys about 22,000 people worldwide and an additional 8500 contract sta in 30 countries. Its 12-month rev- enue to 31 March this year was $9.8 billion. Douglas Rathbone, 64 CEO and Managing Director, Nufarm, Melbourne Chemical engineer, RMIT University Nufarm is a manufac- turer of crop pro- tection products based in Australia. It manu- factures products in 14 countries, has marketing operations in 20 and de- livers products to more than 100. Its 2008/09 revenue was $2.7 billion and it employs more than 2600 people worldwide. Outside Australia it has substantial operations in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Doug Rathbone joined Nufarm Australia in 1973 and by 1982 was its managing director. In 1987, he joined Nufarm s board and in 1999 became managing director of Nufarm Limited. e company has not had an easy start to this nancial year with revenue to 31 January 2010 of $0.9 billion, down some 28% on the previous year. Despite this, it considers its market share to be holding steady. Rathbone expects to see improvements for the remainder of the nancial year. In particular, he is optimistic about recent excellent rainfalls in many of Nufarm s cropping regions in Australia, as well as better climatic conditions forecast for the US and Europe. In March this year, Nufarm completed its acquisition of Argen- tinian seed business Druetto Criadero y Semillero. is will allow it to optimise its operations between North and South America and Australia. Outside work, Rathbone has made considerable contributions to children s cancer support organisations and is the director of the Children s Cancer Centre Foundation. In recogni- tion of his contribution to the community, he has been appointed a member of the Order of Australia. Chris Raine heads Alstom s operations in Australia and New Zealand. Appointed president and managing director in 2004, he is responsible for some 600 sta . With Alstom and Schneider Electric s joint acquisition of the transmission and distribution business of Areva earlier this year, his responsibilities will also cover the Australian operations of Areva T&D, once the deal has been approved by competition authorities. Alstom provides turnkey integrated powerplant solutions and o ers services for a variety of energy sources including hydro, gas, coal and wind. Raine is a national vice president of the Australian Industry Group and a member of the Industry Advisory Network for the University of Technology Sydney s engineering faculty. Chris Raine, 58 President and Managing Director, Alstom Australia and New Zealand, Sydney Mechanical engineer, University NSW