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Top 100 : 2011
ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 41 TOP 100 COVER STORY Stuart Lee, 57 Group Managing Director, NBN Transition, Telstra Electrical engineer, University of Melbourne Having joined Telstra s predecessor organisation the Postmaster-General s Depart- ment (PMG) as a cadet engineer in 1971, Lee s 40 years at the company have seen him work in most parts of the business. In his current role Lee leads the team preparing Telstra for the changes fac- ing the company as a result of the rollout of the National Broadband Network. Telstra is Australia s leading telecommunications and information services company, recording revenue of around $25 billion in 2010. The company employs more than 43,000 people around the world. Lee is a director of 1300 Australia as well as director and past chairman of both 3GIS (Australia) and Reach (Hong Kong) joint ventures. Jonathan Ling, 57 CEO and Managing Director, Fletcher Building, Auckland, New Zealand Mechanical engineer, University of Melbourne Fletcher Building CEO and managing director Jonathan Ling has had a mixed year at the helm of the company after lower sales saw the company focus on maximising its cash earnings and preparing for the economic recovery. "We have yet to see any significant recovery in construction markets. Our view is that any improvement will be gradual. However, we are well placed for any upturn in volumes, when they do finally arrive," he said. Having restructured the business in response to the global financial crisis in the previous year, staff levels remained at around 16,000. Its operating revenue for the 2009/10 financial year was NZ$6.8 billion, down roughly 4% from the previous year. This financial year, the com- pany completed the acquisition of ASX-listed Crane Group Limited for $939 million, making Fletcher Building the largest building materials company in Australasia. Richard Leupen, 57 CEO and Managing Director, UGL Limited, Sydney Mechanical engineer, University of NSW Richard Leupen has been UGL Limited s CEO and managing director for over 10 years, responsible for restructuring the group into four businesses -- Infrastructure, Rail, Re- sources and Services. The company s revenue for the 2009/10 financial year was $4.4 billion, down 10% from the previous year due to the global slowdown and foreign exchange impact, but it has maintained its operating margin. In the most recent interim shareholder review, Leupen reported a 7% increase in operating revenue of $2.3 billion and record first-half contributions from its Infrastructure, Rail and Services business units. UGL currently employs approximately 44,000 people globally including contractors, across 14 countries. Its order book stands at $8.9 billion, and includes work on the North Auckland and Northland grid upgrade, an extension to the delivery of Oscar 3 rail cars for Railcorp, and the Brockman Marillana iron ore project. The company s Services business unit continues to expand in Asia and aims to increase its focus particularly in China as demand for property-related services grows. Industry