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Top 100 : 2011
44 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 COVER STORY -- TOP 100 Chris Raine, 59 President and Managing Director, Alstom Australia and New Zealand, Sydney Mechanical engineer, University of NSW Chris Raine has been the president and managing director of Alstom Australia and New Zealand since 2004. He is responsible for about 1000 staff across Alstom Australia and New Zealand s power, transport and transmission business units. It represents a small segment of Alstom s global workforce of more than 96,500 people across 70 countries. For the fiscal year ending 31 March 2011, Alstom achieved global sales of €$20.9 billion (about $28 billion), up about 6% on the previous year. In Australia, significant progress was made on the supply of X Trapolis regional trains with the 50th train launched last March, and the company was awarded several contracts worth $65 million by RailCorp for rail signalling and safety upgrades. Other large orders include turnkey substations, switchgear and kiosk substations as well as $191 million in contracts for prefabricated powerhouses for Chevron in Western Australia. Alstom s energy network management system manages 92% of Australia s electrical grid. Raine is national vice-president of the Australian Industry Group and a member on the Industry Advisory Network of the University of Technology Sydney s engineering faculty. He is a governor of the Electrical and Information Engineering Founda- tion at the University of Sydney. Raine has two adult daughters and enjoys skiing and golf. Chris Roberts, 57 CEO and President, Cochlear Limited, Sydney Chemical engineer, University of NSW Dr Chris Roberts has literally changed the face of Cochlear this past year, with the company settling in its new $128 million, 24,000m2 global headquarters, manufactur- ing and research facility on the Macquarie University campus in Sydney. Roberts also oversaw the development and launch of the company s Cochlear Nucleus 5 cochlear implant system, which won an Australian International Design Award and contributed significantly to the company s second half sales growth. Total revenue for 2009/10 was $734.8 mil- lion, up 6% over the previous period despite the appreciating Australian dollar. The US market continues to be a strong focus for the company, with it experiencing record sales in the region. Over the past year, the company has also employed a further 224 people, bringing its workforce to more than 2200 individuals worldwide. Douglas Rathbone, 65 CEO & Managing Director, Nufarm, Melbourne Chemical engineer, RMIT University The past financial year at Nufarm has been a tough one for CEO and managing director Douglas Rathbone. The Australasian (Austra- lia, New Zealand and Asia) sector saw profit fall 25% to $89.2 million in 2009/10, and its sales also fell 6% to $799 million. This sector represented 37% of total revenue for Nufarm. However, the new financial year has brought about positive change with the company s Australasian region generating $395 million in first half sales, accounting for 44% of total revenues in the period and up 35% on the same period last year.