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Top 100 : 2010
TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS -- COVER STORY Paul Hardy, 55 Global Chief Executive Officer of Aurecon, Melbourne Civil engineer, Monash University Paul Hardy is the global CEO of Aurecon. e company has some 6000 sta , operating in 28 countri Australia, Asia-Paci c, Africa and the Middle East, with revenue of about $1 billion. Among the company s largest projects at present are the Vale Moatize Phase II in Mozambique, the A Dhabi Master Transport Plan, the Indonesia Australia Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and the Penins Link Freeway in Victoria. e leadership challenge ahead is to accelerate growth as the economy emerges from its downturn "b leveraging the bene ts of our merger and exploiting the power of our business model", Hardy said. Asked about a renewed skills shortage he said: " e skills shortage didn t go away during the economi slowdown, it went on hold. We are beginning to recruit, and we are seeing some competition for resource emerging." He counts as one of his major achievements "leading the management team that has successfully draw together three great heritage companies to create Aurecon last year". In his leisure he is a keen and daily walker, plays golf, and is a strong supporter of the Collingwood F ball Club. ies a across Abu sula by c es wn Foott- Nigel Robinson Executive Vice-President for Geographies at AECOM Civil engineer, Leeds Unive Nigel Robinson is one of six executive vice-presidents who, reporting to the chief executive, run AECOM wide. He is the only non-US person on AECOM s executive leadership team. He leads the company s geographic operations outside North and South America, comprising Europe, the East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, as well as other emerging regions. AECOM is an international engineering consulting company with some 45,000 employees worldwide. Robinson joined the company through Maunsell which was absorbed by AECOM in recent years. He is based in Dubai, as the company is involved in several large projects in the Middle East including the US$18 billion Al Raha Beach development and the US$27 billion Saadiyat Island cultural district in Abu Dhabi, and the new port in Doha, Qatar. He counts as one of his leadership achievements the "mobilisation of sta from within our Australian and New Zealand businesses to take on key positions within AECOM globally". Des Whybird, 58 Chairman of GHD, Brisbane Civil engineer, University of Queensland As chairman of consulting rm GHD, Des Whybird, together with CEO Ian Shepherd, has guided the com- pany through the economic downturn, leading to a record financial performance in 2009 with revenue growing to $1.1 billion, up 18% on the previous year. Among his leadership challenges at board level are "setting the strategic direction of the rm, maintaining corpo- rate governance and planning for future succession in the context of a wholly sta -owned rm", Whybird said. e company operates in ve core markets -- water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transporta- tion. It has more than 6000 sta , operating in 16 countries. Highlights last year included the expansion of its US business to more than 300 people through acquisitions of several US rms, and the establishment of a representative o ce in India. Whybird was GHD s CEO for ve years before becoming chair- man in 2008. His leisure activities include golf, reading and cryptic crosswords. n, 566 M, Duba ai rsity, UKK worldd- e Midddle 53 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010 Zimi Meka, 50 Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Ausenco, Brisbane Mechanical engineer, Queensland University of Technology Zimi Meka has been Ausenco s CEO and managing director since 1999. The company has weathered the economic downturn of the past year through its diversi ed income base. "Our diversi cation strategy without question has allowed us to ride the events of last year in a much stronger position," he told shareholders last month. "We generated a pro t, closed the year with cash in the bank and, more importantly, developed a signi cant number of future large opportunities. In 2009 the company generated revenue of $430 million, down from $600 million in the previous year. It has 2000 sta operating in Australia, Asia, Africa and North and South America. One of its technically most interesting projects at present is the Kinsevere Copper Project in the Congo, Meka said. He counts as one of his main leadership achievements "the ap- pointment of highly talented and experienced people". In his leisure he enjoys keeping t, mainly through cycling.