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Top 100 : 2012
Alan Cransberg, 53 Managing Director, Alcoa of Australia, Perth Civil engineer, University of Western Australia IN THE bittersweet face of the rising Australian dollar and the continued resource boom, Alan Cransberg has led mining company Alcoa of Australia through a series of hurdles over the past 12 months. The largest operator of bauxite mines, alumina refineries and aluminium smelters in Australia, Alcoa of Australia was recently named "Employer of Choice for Women" for the 11th year running by the federal government s Equal Op- portunity for Women in the Workplace Agency. Cransberg said his experience as an engineer has meant he has worked with very diverse groups of people, which has helped him to create a more inclusive workplace culture and a work environment in which his people feel at home. "My engineering background has given me a broad exposure to people, and as a result has taught me about the importance of inclusion," he said. "Ironically, I ve now become more of a business leader than a technical engineer, and I especially love the people aspects of my job." Cransberg is the chairman of the West Coast Eagles football club, the president of the Australian Aluminium Council, and sits on the boards of the Black Swan State Theatre Company and Alcoa Foundation. He is also a councillor for the Australia Business Arts Foundation. Bruce Buchanan, 40 Group Chief Executive Officer, Jetstar, Melbourne Civil engineer, University of NSW BRUCE BUCHANAN'S recent decision to leave Jetstar marks the end of a rela- tionship which spans back to the airline s inception. Buchanan, who last month announced he will step down as Jetstar group CEO in six months to work with Sydney-based skin cream company Vanessa Megan, was involved in the establish- ment of Jetstar in 2003 and its launch in 2004. Having been considered focal in the design of Jetstar s growth strategy in the Asia Pacific region, Buchanan said he is excited to be able to help Vanessa Megan realise its potential throughout Asia. "If we can export airlines, a business where we have no natural advantages, there are no limits to where we can leverage our Australian ingenuity," he said, in regards to Vanessa Megan s cucumber-based skin cream. Prior to the announcement of Buchanan s plan to leave, Jetstar launched the first aircraft for its Japanese subsidiary Jetstar Japan, while also winning the "Partner of the Year" award at the 2012 Changi Airlines Awards in Singapore. Buchanan is expected to remain with Jetstar as a consultant until mid-2014. Leigh Clifford, 64 Chairman, Qantas, Melbourne Mining engineer, University of Melbourne LEIGH CLIFFORD has been the chairman of Qantas Airways since 2007, while also serving as a director of international engineering group Bechtel. Under Clifford s watch as chairman, Qantas recently announced its plans to increase capacity on east coast routes by up to 25,800 seats per week during 2012/13, while also announcing its intention to increase overall domestic capacity during the same period. Prior to his time at Qantas, Clifford accrued a 37-year career in the service of mining company Rio Tinto, where he eventually reached the position of CEO. With such a vested interest in both the transport and the engineering sectors, Clifford has expressed concern over Australia s declining productivity. "A number of factors play into Australia s decline in productivity," he said. "Chief among them are education, flexible working arrangements, skills training and a lack of investment in infrastructure." 45 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2012 TOP 100 COVER STORY Industry