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Top 100 : 2012
David Caspari, 38 Managing Director, HP South Pacific Electrical engineer, University of NSW 2012 HAS been a successful year for David Caspari. Having led information technology company HP s Enterprise Services division in Asia Pacific and Japan during 2011, Caspari has overseen the successful implementation of growth strategies in the emerging markets of China and India, while also branching into new technology areas such as cloud computing, business intelligence and analytics. His efforts were recently rewarded when he was named managing director of HP South Pacific (Australia and New Zealand) and general manager of HP s Enterprise Group. "This is an incredible opportunity for me to lead HP in my home mar- ket," said Caspari. "I m passionate about this market; about playing an active role in the technology industry here. I m excited to be at the helm of a mature, sophis- ticated business that has performed exceptionally well." While Caspari s new responsibilities involve a largely business-related skills set, such as the development of senior level relationships with govern- ment and industry leaders, he is quick to credit the role his engineering background plays in his career. "Every role I have taken on in the last 15 years has had engineering at the heart of it," he said. "Business decisions are based on applying discipline and rigour to a problem -- inspection, analysis and a desire to understand the foundation of something -- and then making sound, definitive judgements. As such, the tenants that are at the heart of engineering culture, which were instilled in me through my background in the field, I have applied directly to my career in the business world." In addition to holding a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of NSW, Caspari is also an alumnus of the US-based Harvard Business School. Mark Menhinnitt, 47 CEO for Australia, Lend Lease, Sydney Civil engineer, Queensland University of Technology MARK MENHINNITT was named CEO for Australia of Lend Lease in April 2011 after working with the company for 23 years. In his current role, Menhinnitt is responsible for Lend Lease s Australia business, comprising of development, construction, retirement living, investment management and infrastructure development. Two months into his tenure as CEO, Lend Lease Australia reported an annual revenue of over $5 billion, and an after-tax profit of $281.4 million -- a substantial increase on its 2010 profit of $246.9 million. For the same period, the Australian branch of the company developed 73,580 residential units, 6131.7 commercial properties and 1257 retirement village units. In 2010 Menhinnitt was recognised as the Queensland University of Technology Outstanding Alumni for the Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering. He said his skills as an engineer have imbued him with a keen sense of curiosity. "A key personal characteristic that my engineering back- ground gives me is one of inquiry," he said. "Irrespective of whether I am dealing with a commercial or technical issue, I need to know how it comes together from first principles. This enables me to challenge conventional thinking and drive for better outcomes." Hamish Tyrwhitt, 48 CEO and Managing Director, Leighton Holdings, Sydney Civil engineer, University of Western Australia THIS TIME last year, Hamish Tyrwhitt was working in Hong Kong as Leighton Asia s managing director. Last August, after a year of rocky leadership following the departure of long-time CEO Wal King, Leighton Holdings announced that Tyrwhitt would be returning to Australia s shores to serve as the com- pany s new CEO and managing director. Having now been in the position for 10 months, Tyrwhitt leads the group which serves as parent company to nine engineering firms. Tyrwhitt, who is eager to affect change within Leighton s culture and firmly establish the company s values, said the creation of a positive, collaborative work environment is vital for success in engineering. "My engineering background has taught me to always sur- round myself with the best possible people, make sure that they re empowered and motivated, and don t overly control them," he said. "For me, it s all about teamwork and understanding that you re not just leading a team of people, you re also creating an environment that enables your team to be effective." Tyrwhitt has accrued 26 years experience in the construc- tion industry. He commenced his career with John Holland in 1986, and has spent 20 years working in Asia. 44 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2012 COVER STORY -- TOP 100