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Top 100 : 2010
TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS -- COVER STORY Ian Smith, 52 CEO and Managing Director, Newcrest, Melbourne Mining engineer, University of NSW Newcrest is Australia s largest gold pro- ducer and one of the world s top 10 gold mining companies by production, reserves and market capitalisation. e company s activities include mining in Orange, NSW; Pilbara, WA; Cracow, QLD; Kencana, Indonesia; and a 50:50 joint venture in Papua New Guinea. Newcrest is currently exploring for gold and gold-copper deposits in Australia, Indonesia and Fiji. For the nancial year ended 30 June 2009, the company produced 1.63 million ounces of gold. Its annual revenue was $2.5 billion. Newcrest is among the top 20 companies listed on the Australian stock exchange by market capitalisation. It has around 5100 employees and long-term contractors. Ian Smith joined Newcrest as its CEO and managing director in 2006. Prior to joining Newcrest he was global head of operational and technical excellence in London and the managing director of alu- minium smelting for Rio Tinto. He has held several managerial positions at Pasminco and Western Mining. Smith is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, vice-pres- ident of the Australian Mines and Metals Association and chairman of the Minerals Council of Australia. Robert Velletri, 52 Managing Director, Monadelphous Group, Perth Mechanical engineer, University of Western Australia The Monadelphous Group is an engi- neering group providing construction, maintenance and industrial services to the resources, energy and infrastructure sectors. It has invested extensively in plant and equipment and has one of the largest pri- vately owned crane and mobile equipment eets in Australia. In 1992, Monadelphous appointed Rob- ert Velletri to its board, where he brought the company out of receivership. Under his leadership, the company delivered a compound annual growth rate in excess of 30%. He commenced his role as managing director in 2003 and by 2007 Monadel- phous was recognised as one of the top 200 companies on the ASX. Its revenue for the 2009 nancial year was $1.1 billion. e global nancial crisis resulted in a decline in activity in its tra- ditional resources market, which has only recently begun to stabilise. Conversely, the energy and infrastructure markets have continued to grow regardless of economic instability. is has resulted in the company shi ing its strategy to take advantage of these markets. " e company s strategies in recent years to diversify outside traditional resources mar- kets, focus on organic growth and strengthen relationships with blue chip customers have translated into strong results," Velletri said. "A continuing trend has seen the share of our sales from the energy and infrastruc- ture sectors grow to 32% in the rst half." e company has a workforce of more than 5000 spread across Australia, China and Papua New Guinea. It is continuing to develop its regional engineering support. operations and aims to double in size every ve years. David Stewart, 57 Chief Operating Officer, Leighton Holdings, Melbourne Civil engineer, Sydney University David Stewart is the COO of Leighton Holdings, the umbrella organisation of Australia s largest construction group. Leigh- ton Holdings oversees and monitors the per- formance of the Leighton Group s operating companies -- iess, Leighton Contractors, John Holland Group, Leighton Asia, Leighton International and Leighton Properties. Stewart is responsible for Leighton Inter- national, the Habtoor Leighton Group, John Holland and Leighton Properties. e Leighton group operates in more than 20 countries from headquarters in Australia, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Dubai. Each operating company functions independently with its own board and managing director. ese operating companies directly employ around 42,000 people across Australia, Asia, the Middle East and the Paci c. Leighton Holdings focus and main ac- tivities are strategic direction and planning, nancial management, market positioning and corporate and public affairs. Its total revenue for the nancial year ending 30 June 2009 was $18.3 billion. Prior to his appointment as COO Stewart was the managing director of John Holland Group. 49 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010