by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Top 100 : 2011
36 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 COVER STORY -- TOP 100 Peter Duncan, 70 Chairman, Orica, Melbourne Chemical engineer, Canterbury University, New Zealand Peter Duncan became chairman of Orica in December 2009. Orica recorded revenue in the 2010 financial year of $6.5 billion. It employs 13,000 people and operates in 50 countries. In his first presentation to shareholders at Orica s 2010 AGM Duncan outlined the board s approval for investment in new plants. These plants include the new 300,000t/a ammonium nitrate plant in Bontang, Indonesia, an uprate of the ammonia plant at Kooragang Island in Newcastle and the 40 million unit detonator plant in Hunan Province, China. "These plants should come on line toward the end of 2011 and will service growing local demand in their respective markets," Duncan said. "We are proud of our record of internationalising the company so far but recognise that we have a way to go. I spent most of my executive working life with a global company and in many countries and am therefore particularly pleased to be a part of this process with Orica," he said. Peter Farrell, 69 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ResMed, San Diego, US Chemical engineer, University of Sydney "We are lifting the veil of ignorance about the signs and symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB)," ResMed chairman and founder Dr Peter Farrell told Engineers Australia. He said he was proud that the company has finally streamlined the SDB diagnosis and treatment process by having developed sophisticated home sleep testing (HST), in the case of ApneaLink, and automated nasal CPAP treatment, based on AutoSet technology. ResMed has now had 65 consecu- tive record quarters in revenue growth since it went public in 1995. "Our revenues are about $1.2 billion while our market capitalisation is about $5 billion," Farrell said. With such success, he said his leadership is governed by face-to-face contact and the building of trust by following through on commitments. Outside the company Farrell has just stepped down as president of the MCA San Diego after two years. "During my term there were numerous important exhibitions hosted by the MCA, including one focused on Wil- liam Kentridge, who received the 2010 Kyoto Prize." ResMed has since purchased two Kentridge bronze sculptures now located in the ResMed boardroom in San Diego. Nino Ficca, 51 Managing Director and Chief Execu- tive Officer, SP AusNet, Melbourne Electrical engineer, Deakin University Nino Ficca has worked in the energy indus- try since 1983 in roles including engineering, asset management and field services. Since January 2003, he has served as the manag- ing director of SP AusNet, Victoria s largest energy delivery business. Employing more than 1500 people and managing a $6.3 bil- lion gas and electricity network, SP AusNet recently announced its 2010/11 full year financial results headlined by a 21% jump in net profit to $252.9 million. "We pride ourselves on our strong stra- tegic position in the energy sector," he said. Ficca enjoys time out with family and friends in Geelong and around the Bellarine Peninsula where he lives.