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Top 100 : 2011
ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 33 TOP 100 COVER STORY Susan Murphy, 53 CEO, Water Corporation, Western Australia, Perth Civil engineer, University of Western Australia Susan Murphy is CEO of the Water Corporation -- one of Western Australia s largest state-owned businesses, employing more than 3000 people and managing assets valued at more than $13 billion. The corporation supplies drinking water to two million custom- ers and provides wastewater and drainage services to homes, farms and businesses across the state. This financial year, its revenue was $1.9 billion, up 8% from the previous year, rep- resenting year-on-year growth for the past five years. Murphy passionately promotes the greater participation of women in all aspects of the workforce. Alan Cransberg, 52 Managing Director, Alcoa of Australia, Perth Civil engineer, University of Western Australia Aiming to work on a number of local fronts that include a competitive domestic gas market, certainty over carbon pricing, forward thinking practices around water and environmental management, and making sure the company continues to play its part in helping build stronger communities, Alan Cransberg is an active managing director of Alcoa of Australia and chair- man of the Alcoa of Australia Board. Alcoa is the largest operator of bauxite mines, alumina re- fineries and aluminium smelters in Australia. It employs about 6000 people and is part of a global organisation employing more than 59,000. Last July, Cransberg was appointed president of the Aus- tralian Aluminium Council. At the time of his appointment he said: "This is an exciting time to have the opportunity to contribute to the development of policy initiatives that will shape the direction of the industry." Well known in Perth for his love for AFL, and his two pre- mierships while playing for Swan Districts in the 80s, Cransberg is now chairman of the West Coast Eagles Football Club. Bruce Buchanan, 39 Group Chief Executive Officer, Jetstar, Melbourne Civil engineer, University of NSW Since helping establish Jetstar in 2003 with Alan Joyce and then leading the company since 2008, first as CEO and then from August 2010 as Group CEO for the global Jetstar operations, Buchanan has been instrumental to the remarkable growth of the low-cost airline. Jetstar Airways is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Qantas Group and last year recorded revenue of $1.34 billion. The group has over 7000 people supporting its Pan operations across Asia and the Pacific and Buchanan is the architect of Jetstar s Pan Asian growth strategy, a key feature of the Qantas Group s approach to expansion within Asia.