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Top 100 : 2010
COVER STORY -- TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS Donald Voelte, 57 Managing Director and CEO, Woodside Petroleum, Perth Civil engineer, University of Nebraska, US Donald Voelte has been Woodside Petroleum s managing director and CEO since 2004. e company the world s largest producers of lique ed natural gas. It operates the $27 billion Northwest shelf project and is also seeking to develop two further LNG projects in Australia s Kimberley region and o the northern coast. Its annual revenue for the 2008/2009 nancial year was $4.4 billion. It employs more than 3000 people worldwide. e company also produces lique ed petroleum gas, condensate and oil for customers in Australia. Voelte is a Foreign Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Education. 63 hief Operating Officer, Leighton Holdings, Sydney ersity of Queensland deputy CEO and COO of Leighton Holdings, the umbrella organisation of Australia s largest roup. Leighton Holdings oversees and monitors the performance of its operating companies -- ontractors, John Holland Group, Leighton Asia, Leighton International and Leighton Properties. tes in more than 20 countries from regional headquarters in Australia, Hong Kong, Kuala Lum- i. Each operating company functions independently with its own board and managing director. directly employs around 42,000 people across Australia, Asia, the Middle East and the Paci c. hton Holdings focus and main activities are strategic direction and planning, nancial man- nt, market positioning and corporate and public a airs. Its total revenue for the nancial year g 30 June 2009 was $18.3 billion. ld became chief operating o cer of Leighton Holdings in 2006 and was appointed deputy last December. In his COO role he oversees the operations of Leighton Contractors, iess eighton Asia. is the chairman of Engineers Australia s Taskforce on Construction Safety, and an alternate or for the Australian Constructors Association. He was Engineers Australia s Civil Engineer Year in 2004, has been appointed to the QUT Engineer s Hall of Fame, and was awarded the Distinguished Constructor Award in 2008. e has been actively involved in yacht racing and has a keen interest in history. Les Williamson, 44 Vice President, Cisco Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne Electronics engineer, Monash University Cisco is a global networking and information technology company, which employs nearly 66,000 employees worldwide and its annual revenue to 25 July 2009 was US$36.1 billion. Les Williamson is vice-president for Cisco Australia and New Zealand. He joined the company in 1999 as an account manager. He was instrumental in securing the rst IP Core network sale, the CRS-1, and TelePresence in the Australian market. Prior to joining Cisco, Williamson held management positions at Ericsson in Australia and Sweden. Williamson chairs the Cisco Asia-Paci c Green Board dealing with environmental issues. He also leads the company s corporate social respon- sibility initiative in Australia. At present the initiative focuses on indigenous education and community development in Cape York. In March 2009, Cisco launched a new education-grade IT network at Djarragun College in far North Queensland, and more recently it has helped to establish a "Cybrary", a place with access to online information for students. Williamson is married and has a son and a daughter. He enjoys cooking, photography and using gadgets. yisoneof Bill Wild, Deputy CEO and Ch Civil engineer, Unive ill Wild is the d construction g iess, Leighton Co e group operat pur, and Dubai e group Leigh agemen ending Wi CEO l and Le He direct of the QUT He 50 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010