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Top 100 : 2012
Vik Bansal, 47 Group President Asia Pacific, Valmont Industries, Sydney Electrical engineer, Swinburne University THE PAST year has marked a very busy period for electrical engineer Vik Bansal. Having left his role as general manager for OneSteel at the end of 2010, Bansal commenced 2011 by taking up the reins of the Asia Pacific division of US-listed manufacturing company Valmont In- dustries. Valmont s Asia Pacific division has 35 manufacturing plants and a total workforce of more than 3000 associates, with a portfolio covering manufacturing and service businesses in Australia such as Industrial Galvanisers, Webforge, Hi Light, Donhad, Ingal EPS, Ingal Civil and Valley Irrigation. Bansal, whose career has been under- pinned by multiple postgraduate awards, believes education is an essential founda- tion for successful leadership. "Engineering education and sub- sequent experience provide an ideal grounding for an individual serving in a leadership position," he said. Bansal is a Fellow of the Australian In- stitute of Company Directors, and holds a non-executive board position with not- for-pro t organisation Disability Servic- es Australia. Rob Sindel, 47 Managing Director, CSR, Sydney Mechanical engineer, University of Queensland ROB SINDEL has served as CSR s man- aging director for less than 18 months, during which time he has bolstered the company s technical and financial per- formance. Despite a precarious economic climate, CSR reported a net profit from the year ending 31 March 2012 of $90.7 million -- an improvement on the $90.2 million reaped in 2011. However, Sindel considers the reten- tion of CSR s 4000 Australian and New Zealand manufacturing sta to be the highlight of the past year. "Ultimately it is the people who make the di erence in an organisation," he said. "My rst job in underground coal min- ing taught me that you can have the best engineering solution, but unless you take the people with you success will be un- likely." Sindel said his engineering experience has given him a practical perspective. "Engineering has given me great in- sight into how things work and operate," he said. "Running a manufacturing company means that I can quickly understand fac- tory challenges and how to improve pro- ductivity and competitiveness." INDUSTRY Mike Devereux, 47 Chairman and Managing Director, GM Holden Australia, Melbourne Industrial engineer, GMI Engineering and Management Institute, US WHILE HIS title as GM Holden Australia s chairman and managing director has re- mained unchanged, Mike Devereux s role has evolved considerably over the past 12 months to address the challenges of a shift- ing economic climate. " e challenges over the last year have certainly been di erent to those of the pre- vious year," he said. "I ve spent a great deal of time working on developing long-term strategy for Hold- en and working with the Australian gov- ernment on securing the company s future." Devereux acknowledged the Australian car industry was facing di cult times, but that GM Holden Australia had enjoyed a number of coups in recent months. " e biggest highlight of the past 12 months was standing beside prime min- ister Julia Gillard, industry minister Greg Combet, South Australian premier Jay Weatherill and Australian Manufactur- ing Workers Union Vehicle Division na- tional secretary Ian Jones and announcing a $1 billion investment in Holden s future together with combined government co- investment of $275 million," he said. Mike Devereux Hamish Tyrwhitt Mark Menhinnitt ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA U TOP 100 COVER STORY 43 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2012