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Top 100 : 2011
ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 45 TOP 100 COVER STORY Rob Sindel, 46 Managing Director, CSR, Sydney Mechanical engineer, University of Queensland Starting in the role as managing director last January, Rob Sindel said the company is focusing on its building products line, especially in the Australian and New Zealand markets. He is looking to focus on improving the company s manufacturing efficiencies and innovation in lightweight construction, energy efficiency, and multi-residential solu- tions, together with bolt-on acquisitions that complement the building products portfolio. Industry Julian Segal, 56 CEO and Managing Director, Caltex, Sydney Chemical engineer, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel Julian Segal has had a successful year at Caltex, with the company reporting record profit after tax of $318 million, a record low lost time injury frequency rate of 1.35 per million hours worked and record sales volumes for transport fuels and finished lubricants. Its revenue for the year ending 31 December 2010 was $18.7 billion, up on last year s figure by about 5%. The company has a workforce of 3500. This year, Segal expects the company s sales growth to continue, especially with the completion of new diesel storage facilities in key areas such as the mining centres of Port Hedland in Western Australia, and Gladstone and Mackay in Queensland. He is optimistic about Caltex s medium to long-term strategy in the mining, agriculture and transport industries in Australia. Segal joined Caltex from Incitec Pivot, where he served as the CEO and managing director for four years. He is also chair of the Australian Institute of Petroleum. Zhengrong Shi, 48 Founder, Chairman and CEO, Suntech, China Electrical engineer, University of NSW From starting out as a humble research assistant to becoming one of the wealthiest citizens in Australia, Dr Zhengrong Shi has grown his small company into a one of the world s largest solar panel producers, covering 80 countries and employing over 20,000 employees over a period of just 10 years. Suntech s growth continued last year, with global net revenue for the year ending 31 December 2010 reported at $2.7 billion up 71% from the previous year. Shi expects the company to achieve about $3.5 billion in revenue in 2011. Last year, the company made 1572MW of total shipments, exceeding its goal of 1250MW. Shi expects growth to continue and has a production capacity goal of 2400MW and 1200MW of internal wafering capacity this year. So far, it has delivered more than 15 million panels worldwide. "As solar prices continue to drop and our technology innovations continue to yield higher conversion efficiencies, we are driving solar closer to grid parity in more markets across the world," Shi said.