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Top 100 : 2012
Ken MacKenzie, 48 CEO and Managing Director, Amcor, Melbourne Mechanical engineer, McGill University, Montreal, Canada BUILDING ON his triumphs in 2010, Ken MacKenzie has continued to foster the growth of multinational packaging company Amcor. Last month, MacKenzie orchestrated the final stages of Amcor s $238 million takeover of flexible packaging rival Aperio, a coup which followed its $19.8 million acquisition of India-based Uniglobe in March. Despite increased expenses, 2011 also proved to be a successful year for the company. "Against a backdrop of rapidly rising raw material costs and at best, muted economic conditions, a 39% improvement in profit was a strong result," MacKenzie said. "With higher earnings and the completion of the integration programs, free cash flow is anticipated to improve substantially from fiscal year 2013." 2012 marks MacKenzie s seventh year as CEO and manag- ing director of Amcor. David Knox, 54 Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Santos, Adelaide Mechanical engineer, University of Edinburgh, UK AS THE leader of the largest producer of natural gas to the Australian domestic market, David Knox presides over 2200 employees and a 2011 revenue of $2.2 billion. With the delivery of further projects in Asia and Australia and steady annual revenue, Knox said Santos safety performance over 2011 had been a particular highlight for the company. "Our rate of 3.3 recordable injuries per million hours worked was the equal best performance in Santos history and means we have improved our safety performance by 40% over the past three years," he said. Last month Knox announced the $16 billion GLNG project, of which Santos is a partner, will purchase 365PJ of gas from Origin Energy to supply to the GLNG plant in Queensland at a rate of 100TJ/day over a period of 10 years commencing in 2015. David Higgins, 58 Chief Executive Officer, Network Rail, London, UK Civil engineer, University of Sydney NETWORK RAIL CEO David Higgins is currently facing the challenges of growth. As the head of the company responsible for owning and operating the United Kingdom s rail infra- structure, he has spent the past year working to meet surging increases in passenger demand while working within budget and resource constraints. Higgins last month oversaw Network Rail s commitment to the multi-billion pound Crossrail project, which will involve the redevelopment of 27 stations, the upgrade of over 67km of track, the renewal of 10 bridges across London. Crossrail services are due to start through central London in 2018, and is expected to increase London s rail-based transport network capacity by 10%. In recognition of his contributions to the delivery of the 2012 Olympics project, Higgins received a knighthood as part of the Queen s 2011 Birthday Honours in June 2011. In Janu- ary 2012 he was similarly made a Knight Bachelor by Prince Charles for services to regeneration. David Knox Ken MacKenzie Chris Jenkins David Higgins 48 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2012 COVER STORY -- TOP 100