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Top 100 : 2012
Jonathan Ling, 58 CEO and Managing Director, Fletcher Building, Auckland, New Zealand Mechanical engineer, University of Melbourne WITH AN extensive career in the manufacturing realm, mechanical engi- neer Jonathan Ling serves as the CEO of New Zealand building materials manufacturer Fletcher Building. In 2011 the company recorded after-tax net earnings of $144 million, compared to its $166 million in 2010. Most recently, Fletcher opened a $5 million 4000m2 aluminium joinery operation in New Zealand s Wigram, which will support the company s aluminium mill in Auckland. Ling is a member of the Business Council of Australia Sustainable Growth Taskforce, and a director of ASB Bank and Fletcher Building Industries. Throughout 2008 and 2009 he sat on the New Zealand government-appointed Capital Markets Development Taskforce. Roy Krzywosinski, 52 Managing Director, Chevron Australia, Perth Electrical engineer, Michigan Technological University CHEVRON AUSTRALIA man- aging director Roy Krzywosinski has had his hands full in recent times. With the $43 billion Gor- gon liquefied natural gas (LNG) project still under development, Chevron Australia last Decem- ber commenced construction of the Wheatsone LNG plant, which is being built near On- slow in Western Australia. The project, which is expected to cost $29 billion, is set to have an annual capacity of 8.9Mt of LNG. It is also forecast to cre- ate more than 6500 direct and indirect jobs at peak construction. As a result of the Wheatstone project, Chevron last month committed to deliver up to 1Mt/a to Japanese electric power company Tohoku for up to 20 years. Krzywosinski is also the head of Chevron s Strategic Business Unit, which is responsible for Chevron s upstream interests and activities in Australia. Chris Jenkins, 53 Chief Executive Officer and Country Director, Thales Australia, Sydney Mechanical engineer, University of NSW UNDER CHRIS Jenkins leadership, defence contractor Thales Australia has progressed from strength to strength. Within the last 12 months, the company s new Hawkei vehicle was chosen as the preferred candidate for a large army vehicle replacement program, while it was also given the green light to develop the next assault rifle for the Australian Defence Force. Similarly, it won a contract to provide secure desktop IT systems for the Department of Defence, and last month it was awarded a con- tract to supply three ship sets of Advanced Acoustic Generator minesweeping equipment to the Republic of Korea Navy. Despite its many contract acquisitions, Jenkins said one of his highlights of the past year had been visiting Thales sites around Australia and meeting the people who work on the ground level. "It s one of the things I enjoy most every year," he said. "When I talk to our young engineers, I emphasise the many factors that have to be considered beyond just technical ones in any complex environment. To succeed, you need that perspective, as well as tenacity and, most importantly, the flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances. Stuart Lee, 58 Group Managing Director, Telstra Wholesale Electrical engineer, University of Melbourne STUART LEE was named Telstra Wholesale s group managing director in July 2011. Having previously overseen the team which prepared Telstra for the National Broadband Network transition, Lee is now responsible for the section of Telstra which sells access to Telstra s networks into the wholesale market. In March, Tesltra Wholesale signed up its first post-paid mobile customer for 3G, iTelecom Wholesale, and in April service provider Southern Phone signed up for Telstra Wholesale 3G. Since assuming the role of GMD in July, Lee has worked to ensure Telstra is ready for the transition to the NBN. "We are developing a suite of products to be delivered over NBN Co fibre including voice and broadband solutions in addition to a range of backhaul products," he said. "We understand that different customers will require different services in the NBN world, and it is our intention to offer a comprehensive range of wholesale services." Lee has over 40 years experience with Telstra and its predecessor organisations, and has held executive roles within the company since 1987. Industry 49 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2012 TOP 100 COVER STORY