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Top 100 : 2011
34 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 COVER STORY -- TOP 100 Marin Burela, 50 President, Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Co, Shanghai, China Electrical engineer, Deakin University Last October, Ford Motor Company restructured its Asia Pacific manage- ment team and appointed Ford Australia chief executive Marin Burela as the elected president of Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Co (CFMA) in China. CFMA is a three-way joint venture among Changan Motors, Ford Motor Company and Mazda Motor Company. Burela is responsible for overseeing the joint venture s continued expan- sion, which currently includes construction of its third vehicle assembly plant and preparations for a second engine plant, both located in Chongq- ing, China. Last September, CFMA broke ground on the vehicle assembly plant, which will start producing Ford s next generation Focus in 2012. Construction of the new engine plant is planned to begin this year, with engine production starting in 2013. With the additional capacity of 400,000 units at the new plant, CFMA is more than doubling its existing engine capacity to 750,000 engines annually. Ford employs more than 25,000 people in the region and has invested $4 billion since 2006. David Caspari, 37 Senior Vice President, HP Enterprise Services, Asia Pacific & Japan, Sydney Electrical engineer, University of NSW David Caspari is senior vice president of HP Enterprise Services for Asia Pacific and Japan. He was recently appointed to this position and in his new role Caspari is responsible for driving growth in the core areas of infrastructure services, busi- ness process outsourcing and application solutions. Over the past year, he has been instrumental in locally implementing HP s global transformation program based on a $1 billion global investment into the Enterprise Service business. Caspari has also been influential in the development of two major data centre investments in Australia and New Zealand. Leigh Clifford, 63 Chairman, Qantas, Melbourne Mining engineer, University of Melbourne As chairman of Qantas, Leigh Clifford said a major highlight of the past year was the cel- ebration of the company s 90th anniversary. "Qantas ambassador John Travolta joined Qantas employees for open days, complete with old and new aircraft types on display, at jet bases in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane," Clifford said. Clifford is also a director of Bechtel and chairman of Bechtel Australia -- a company heavily involved in LNG, coal and alu- minium projects in Queensland and NSW. In Queensland, the company is involved in all of the approved $66 billion of LNG projects currently under way. Scott Charlton, 46 Group Director of Operations, Lend Lease, Sydney Electrical engineer, Texas A&M University Since joining the Lend Lease Group last year, Scott Charlton has been responsible for reviewing the operations of the group, covering the Australian and offshore businesses. In March, the group acquired engineering and construction companies Abigroup, Baulderstone and Conneq. These companies all now report to Charl- ton who is overseeing their integration into Lend Lease. Charlton said: "A major highlight of the past year has been the acquisition which was particularly significant be- cause it builds on the very foundations of Lend Lease." Industry