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Top 100 : 2010
47 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010 TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS -- COVER STORY Christopher Roberts, 56 CEO and President, Cochlear Limited, Sydney Chemical engineer, University of NSW Dr Chris Roberts has been the president and CEO of Cochlear since 2004. His vision for the company is "to help provide the gi of hearing for those babies, children and adults with severe to profound hearing loss through innovative implantable hearing solutions". Under his leadership, the company has continued to grow, selling 18,553 implants in the 2009 nancial year. Its revenue was nearly $700 million marking the h consecutive year of record sales, despite the economic downturn during the same period. His focus for the future remains on continued technological inno- vation. e company will move into its $128 million, 24,000m2 global headquarters, manufacturing and research facility on the Macquarie University Campus in Sydney at the end of this year. e company has over 2000 employees and contractors. Roberts is also chair of Research Australia. Outside Cochlear he spends time with his family and enjoys non- ction literature. David Saxelby, 57 Managing Director, Thiess, Brisbane Civil engineer, University of Sydney David Saxelby was appointed managing director of iess in 2007. e company specialises in mining, civil engineering, process, building, environmental services, utilities services, and facilities operation and maintenance. It employs more than 16,500 people throughout Australia, Indonesia, India, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates. In 2008/2009, it had annual rev- enue of $5.5 billion. In the last nancial year, it secured several new contracts including extensions for Satui and Senakin coal mines in Indonesia, valued at US$1.1 billion. In Western Australia, it won two proj- ects worth $681 million in the Gorgon Gas Project, marking its rst steps into the LNG market. is year, iess celebrates its 75th anniversary. Saxelby is a board member on the Minerals Council of Australia, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, Australian Constructors Association and Roads Australia. Julian Segal, 55 Managing Director and CEO, Caltex, Sydney Chemical engineer, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel "The purpose of a corporation is to add value for a wide range of stakeholders, including employees, customers and suppliers as well as shareholders and civil society as a whole," said Caltex managing director and CEO Julian Segal. "My goal is to drive Caltex towards top performance, as superior nancial results enable us to provide the greatest bene t to all stakeholders." Caltex is a major transport fuel supplier and convenience retailer and the only integrated oil re ning and marketing company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. It has re neries in Kurnell, Sydney, and Lytton, Brisbane, and operates in every state and territory. Its 12-month revenue to 31 December 2009 was $17.7 bil- lion. e company has enjoyed improved reliability at Kurnell and Lytton, resulting in an increased production capacity of 10.2 billion litres of fuel, compared to 9.8 in 2008. For the upcoming year, Segal is looking at identifying new e ciencies and motivating its people further. "My current priority at Caltex is strengthening the base business through operational and capital e ciency and creating a high perfor- mance culture," he said. " is will grow earnings directly and provide a strong basis for future earnings growth." Segal joined Caltex a er four years as managing director and CEO of Incitec Pivot, a global chemicals company, following six years at Orica in a number of senior management positions. Segal is a director of the Australian Institute of Petroleum Limited.