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Top 100 : 2011
42 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 COVER STORY -- TOP 100 Industry Stephen Ludlam, 57 Managing Director and CEO, ASC, Adelaide Mechanical engineer, Royal Navy College, Greenwich, UK Stephen Ludlam has been the manag- ing director and CEO of the Australian Submarine Company (ASC) since Janu- ary 2010. Since then the company saw the open- ing of the new shipyard in South Australia and commencement of air warfare de- stroyer (AWD) production together with the docking of the first submarine at its facility in Henderson, WA. In addition, a large restructure of the company was undertaken to amalgamate the submarine and shipbuilding sides of the business and to increase focus on improving its efficiency. The effective- ness of this strategy is becoming evident, with revenue for ASC in the 2009/10 financial year reaching $515.7 million, up almost 47% on the previous year with higher productivity and improved delivering performance. It currently employs over 1700 staff in South Australia and Western Australia, including more than 300 engineering and technical specialists, and has one of the largest apprenticeship programs in South Australia. Ken MacKenzie, 47 CEO & Managing Director, Amcor, Melbourne Mechanical engineer, McGill University, Montreal, Canada In the face of the economic downturn, Ken MacKenzie managed to increase the growth of Amcor. Last year, the company acquired Alcan Packaging and Ball Plastics Packaging Ameri- cas, completing the acquisitions in February and August respectively. MacKenzie was appointed CEO and man- aging director in 2005, the same year that it began its "The Way Forward" program to improve core competencies and narrow the portfolio of the business. MacKenzie has overseen the evolution of the company with a new operating model, "The Amcor Way", which incorporates the principles from The Way Forward program. As a result, MacKenzie has led the com- pany in an improved industry structure and an improvement in each of its market positions compared to five years ago. Amcor s revenue for the fiscal 2009/10 year was $9.8 billion, up 3.3% from the previous year and its workforce has re- mained steady, with 35,000 workers across 43 countries. Andrew Liveris, 56 Chairman and CEO, Dow Chemical Company, Michigan, US Chemical engineer, University of Queensland Andrew Liveris is leading Dow s strategic transformation to become one of the world s largest specialty chemicals, advanced materi- als and agroscience businesses. Under Liveris leadership, the company has entered into a period of increasing financial flexibility after successfully integrating its largest acquisition in the midst of the economic downturn. In 2010, Dow reported sales of US$53.7 billion, up more than 20% and earnings more than triple those of 2009. Liveris continues to invest in Dow s performance businesses, particularly in emerging markets, with recent invest- ments in Thailand, China, Vietnam, Korea, Saudi Arabia and Dubai. In the US, the company has announced enhanced pro- duction capability for feedstocks in the Gulf Coast further supporting growth and profitability of its downstream businesses. Dow s formation of a Performance Plastics Division moves the company further into high-margin specialty plastics. In the face of some enduring economic headwinds, Liveris remains optimistic. He believes that growth in emerging regions will continue, driven by the rising middle class and ongoing infrastructure investments.