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Top 100 : 2012
Peter Goode, 54 Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Transfield Services, Sydney Petroleum engineer, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland FOCUSED ON streamlining business development and pursuing profitable organic growth, Peter Goode said the past year has been a time of long-term change for global services company Transfield. The company has sold facilities maintenance business USM while, consolidating its December 2010 acquisition of Australian mining services provider Easternwall, which reaped a revenue of $110 million for Transfield over a six-month period. Goode said that Easternwell will factor significantly in Transfield s strategies for the 2013 financial year. "While extreme weather events across Australia affected some work volumes, Easternwell is delivering to expectations and secured key opportunities during the period, necessary to meet our growth ambitions through FY12 and into FY13," he said. At a logistical level, the Australia and New Zealand wing of Transfield was restructured into two key divisions of Resources and Energy, and Infrastructure. Both divisions have CEOs which report directly to Goode. Total group revenue for Transfield in 2011 declined slightly by 1.9% to $4 billion, however normalised after-tax net profit grew by 4.3% to $100.1 million. George Maltabarow, 62 Managing Director, Ausgrid, Sydney Electrical engineer, University of Sydney GEORGE MALTABAROW'S reign at Ausgrid has spanned since 2004, and encompasses the state-owned corporations s change of name from EnergyAustralia in 2010. Under Malt- abarow s tenure, Ausgrid (then EnergyAustralia) developed a successful gas and electricity business in Victoria and South Australia in a joint venture with International Power. It also developed one of Australia s largest infrastructure programs aimed at renewal of the Sydney Central Coast and Hunter electricity networks. As of 2012, Ausgrid still operates the largest electricity network in Australia. Maltabarow also said that in 2011 Ausgrid supported more than 130 grassroots community groups through its community program in the Hunter region, and supported more than 420 local schools through its new Bright Futures program, which rewards students who excel in maths, science and environmental studies. Maltabarow is a former chairman and current board member of the Energy Networks Association of Australia. As the result of a merger, Maltabarow s position at Ausgrid will cease to exist at the end of this month. Marius Kloppers, 49 Chief Executive Officer, BHP Billiton, Melbourne Chemical engineer, University of Pretoria AS THE head of NHP Billiton, Dr Marius Kloppers oversees 38,450 employees in 25 different countries. In the 2011 nancial year, BHP Billiton accrued a revenue of nearly $42 billion from its diversi ed natural resource operations. In April, the company announced an invest- ment of nearly $717.5 million for the Mad Dog Phase 2 oil project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, which is estimated to reach rst production in 2018. It also announced approval in February for a pre-commitment funding investment of nearly $1 billion for the construction of a 100Mt/a outer harbour facility with its Western Australian iron ore operations at Port Hedland. Kloppers has served as BHP Billiton s CEO since October 2007, prior to which he was the company s chief commercial o cer and executive director, as well as group president for Non-Ferrous Materials. In October 2011, he was named chairman of the International Council on Mining and Metals, an organisation which aims to improve sustainable development perfor- mance in the mining and metals industry. e council combines 22 mining and metals companies as well as 34 national and regional mining associations and global commodity associations. Industry 47 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2012 TOP 100 COVER STORY