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Top 100 : 2011
TOP 100 COVER STORY 51 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 Paul Hardy, 56 Chief Executive Officer of Aurecon Civil engineer, Monash University As the chief executive officer of Aurecon, Paul Hardy is responsible for more than 6500 staff working in some 80 offices in Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Southeast Asia, China and the Middle East. The company s annual revenue has been about $1 billion. The company s recent and current projects cover a wide range of engineering -- the Hobsonville motorway extension in Auckland; delivering the infrastructure for the Moatize Coal Mine in Mozambique; the installation of a solar thermal system at the Kogan Creek coal-fired powerstation; water rehabilitation in East Timor and the Doha Expressway in Qatar. Hardy said one of the company s main achievements in the past 12 months has been "the further development of our business model around our client relationships and our project delivery." He sees the future of the company as "extremely bright." saying that its relationships with its key clients are strengthening. However, the skills shortage remains a challenge. Away from work Hardy enjoys walking, golf and supporting the Collingwood football club. Colin Elliott, 53 Global President, Infrastructure and Minerals, KBR, Brisbane Electronics engineer, Bendigo Institute of Technology Colin Elliott has been leading KBR s international Infrastructure and Minerals (I&M) business unit since its inception in 2009. He is responsible for 2000 employees worldwide. The business unit s main areas of activity are minerals, transport, water and facilities. Elliott s biggest challenge last year was the acquisition of the international materials handling company Roberts & Schaefer at $292 million. He was a key part of the leadership team that oversaw the acquisition and subsequent integration into KBR. In his leisure Elliott enjoys fishing on Moreton Bay, offshore from Brisbane. John Douglas, 49 Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Coffey International, Sydney Civil Engineer, University of Adelaide John Douglas took over the leadership of Coffey International on 1 March from Roger Olds who had led the company for the past 15 years. The company has over 3000 employees working on projects in more than 80 countries. The company has permanent offices throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. Under his leadership the company has just announced a restructure designed to "return to a more disciplined focus on what we are good at," he said. Douglas has four children and enjoys rowing on weekends.