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Top 100 : 2011
ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 43 TOP 100 COVER STORY George Maltabarow, 61 Managing Director, Ausgrid, Sydney Electrical engineer, University of Sydney George Maltabarow is the managing director of Ausgrid, appointed in 2004 when the company provided both infrastructure and retail services under the EnergyAustralia brand. The change came last March when Maltabarow oversaw the sale of EnergyAustralia s retail arm to TRUenergy, including the EnergyAustralia branding. Ausgrid continues to be a state-owned corporation, charged with the responsibility of managing the safety and reliability of a national electric- ity network that consists of more than 30,200 electricity substations, 500,000 power poles, and about 50,000km of cabling. Its revenue for the 2009/10 financial year was $3.98 billion, up about 19%. At the end of the financial period, its staff headcount was about 5900 and it hired 471 individuals, the majority of whom were apprentices, graduates, cadets and frontline workers. Maltabarow is in the process of guiding the company through a five-year $8 billion upgrade of the electricity network. Ausgrid is also building Australia s first commercial-scale smart grid after being chosen to deliver the federal government s $100 million Smart Grid, Smart City project. Tom Quinn, 50 Senior Vice-President, Jacobs, Melbourne Mechanical engineer, Monash University Currently the group vice president, Asia- Pacific for Jacobs -- one of the world s largest and most diverse providers of professional, technical and construction services -- Tom Quinn holds responsibility for all Jacobs operations in Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Pacific region. Quinn came to his current position when Jacobs acquired the process and construction business from Aker Solutions in February this year. He had been senior vice-president for Australia/Asia Pacific with Aker Solutions. Mike Quigley, 59 CEO, NBN Co, Melbourne Electrical engineer, University of NSW With the National Broadband Network attracting increased political attention follow- ing the federal election, so too has interest increased in its CEO, Mike Quigley. He is responsible for one of the country s largest ever engineering projects, aiming to lift Australian telecommunication infrastructure into the 21st century, replacing the copper network with fibre. Quigley came into the role mid-2009, bringing a wealth of experience from his former career at Alcatel where he held senior positions. NBN Co has had the task of quickly building a company, starting from a single temporary office in North Sydney. The company now has 700 staff in permanent of- fices in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and Canberra.