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Top 100 : 2011
ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 35 TOP 100 COVER STORY Shaun Cox, 49 Managing Director, Melbourne Water, Melbourne Civil engineer, University of Queensland Former managing director Rob Skinner ended his six-year tenure at Melbourne Water last February, passing the reins to Queensland civil engineer Shaun Cox, who brings over 20 years experience from his former positions at the heads of South East Water and Gold Coast Water. Following a period of unprecedented investment in water, sewer- age and drainage infrastructure to cater for a growing population, Cox is continuing to guide Melbourne Water on its increased focus on integrated water management. "We have been working quietly but steadily on increasing our focus on more decentralised water management solutions such as storm- water capture and reuse and greater recycled water reuse," he said. The company has a workforce of more than 800. Its headquarters will move to Docklands mid-next year once the 6-star green building has been completed. In 2009/10 its revenue was $850 million, up 18% on the previ- ous year. Away from work, Cox is an avid fan of rugby union, be it watch- ing his children or supporting the Melbourne Rebels. Bob Every, 64 Non-executive Chairman, Wesfarmers, Perth Metallurgist, University of NSW "We ve grown from a small farmers cooperative to one of Australia s ten largest companies, and we ve done it with strong and good leaders, good people, and a preparedness to undertake, from time to time, bold growth initiatives," Dr Bob Every said in his role as chairman at the Wesfarmers AGM last November. Every was appointed chairman of Wesfarmers in 2008. The company employs some 200,000 people and had operating revenue of $51.8 billion in 2010. Every is also chairman of Boral. Aside from the corporate board positions, Every has recently taken up the position as chair for the charity Redkite, which looks after families who have children bat- tling with cancer. Mike Devereux, 46 Chairman and Managing Director, GM Holden Australia, Melbourne Industrial engineer, GMI Engineering & Management Institute, US Mike Devereux was named chairman and managing director of GM Holden in March 2010. In that role he is responsible for more than 4500 employees in Australia and New Zealand. His career with General Motors began in 1984, when he joined as an engineering co-op student as part of the St Catharine s Engine and Foundry Complex within GM of Canada, in Ontario. "I ve been at Holden for just over a year now, and I m still impressed by its incredible car culture -- both our employees and our customers have a real passion for the brand," Devereux said. He said the automotive industry is going through a period of rapid change, with innovation developing at a fast pace. "We have a real opportunity in Australia to continue to grow our industry. To do this, we have to be flexible and willing to change, we have to adapt and bring new technologies to Australian consumers," he said. "It s my job to make sure Holden leads the charge in Australian automo- tive manufacturing, and continues to drive innovation and build exceptional quality into everything we do."