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Top 100 : 2011
COVER STORY -- TOP 100 52 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 Nigel Robinson, 57 Executive Vice-President for Geographies at AECOM, Dubai Civil engineer, Leeds University, UK Nigel Robinson is one of six executive vice-presidents of global consulting services company AECOM. The vice-presidents form the Enterprise Management Team which, together with the president and chief executive officer, runs the company. Robinson will become president of global geographies in October. AECOM has annual revenue of some $7 billion and 45,000 employees. It operates in more than 120 countries. In his role Robinson focuses on the overall growth and performance of the company s regional operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He is also co-chair of the company s Global Ethics and Compliance Committee. He is based in Dubai as the company is involved in several large projects in that region. In his leisure he goes to fitness classes and likes the cinema. Consulting Ian Shepherd, age 55 Chief Executive Officer of GHD, Perth Civil Engineer, Western Australian Institute of Technology (Curtin University) Ian Shepherd has been at the helm of GHD since 2008. Under his leadership the company was able to retain revenue at $1 billion throughout the economic downturn and expects growth of 15% per annum for the next three years. Shepherd sees growth in the energy, resources and transportation sectors, together with the strengthening of the business in North America. The main achievements in the past year include "our advanced leadership devel- opment programs through GHD Business School, the development of EPCM ca- pability in the energy and resources sectors, and the continued embedment of innovation into our technical delivery across the business," he said. Among his leadership challenges for the next year he sees the simplification of the way the company operates in the context of an integrated team branded as One GHD. Current major projects include a feasibility study for the Shenhua Watermark open cut mine near Gunnedah in NSW and the recently announced Perth City Link, where GHD is an alliance partner with the Public Transport Authority and John Holland. Currently the company has 6000 employees in some 100 offices in Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Outside GHD, Shepherd is a director of the Princess Margaret Children s Hospital Foundation in Western Australia. In his leisure he is an avid hockey player. Zimi Meka, 51 Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Ausenco, Brisbane Mechanical engineer, Queensland University of Technology While Ausenco reported a full year net loss of $10.7 million in 2010, it experienced a significant turnaround in the second half, which has created a strong momentum for this year, according to chief executive officer Zimi Meka. The turnaround was the result of winning several major contracts, particularly in the feasibility study and front end engineering phases, he said. Meka has been leading Ausenco since 1999 and was a co-founder of the company in 1991. Last year the company s revenue was more than $500 million and staff numbers are around 2700. The company has offices in Australia, Africa, Asia, Middle East and North and South America. Currently the company s largest project is the $7.5 billion Alpha Coal Project in Queensland in joint venture with WorleyParsons. Meka said the outlook for the company is strong, "given the capital expenditure in the global resources sector is high." In his leisure time he enjoys cycling.