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John Fullerton, 58 Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Australian Rail Track Corporation Electrical engineer, University of SA JOHN FULLERTON has been CEO and managing di- rector of the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) since February 2011, during which time he has made significant progress towards developing the company s freight services and capac- ity through major upgrade works to busy freight lines such as the Hunter Valley coal rail network. For the coming years, Fullerton has turned his sights to the $172 million Port Botany Rail Upgrade, a project which aims to increase Port Botany Rail Line s capacity by 30% and take up to 300,000 trucks a year off the city s road net- work. The upgrade, which is being delivered by Downer Australia, is due for comple- tion in 2014. With over 8500km of rail line and $5 billion worth of assets to manage through ARTC, Fullerton said he has applied the skills acquired from his engineering career to lead the company. "My experience as an engineer has given me the skills to think logically, to problem solve and analyse complex issues that require solutions -- regardless if they happen to be of a technical nature or a general management issue," he said. "It has also been helpful to understand the operating aspects of my business and the associated risks that need to be managed." Susan Murphy, 54 CEO, Water Corporation, Western Australia, Perth Civil engineer, University of Western Australia SUSAN MURPHY has steered the Water Corporation through a challenging several months. With a decline in rainfall and a resource sector-led growth in water demand, the Water Corporation has begun to move away from reliance on traditional water sources, dams and shallow groundwater aquifers to focus on more climate-resilient sources. Among the new tools in its arsenal are seawater desalination, increased abstraction from deep aquifers and superficial coastal groundwater schemes. As part of this effort, two major desalination plants have been constructed in WA, with the capacity of the second plant to be doubled by the end of 2012. A program to cost almost $500 million has also been launched to drill new deep bores in Perth s northern suburbs. A deep groundwater replenishment trial, co-funded by the Federal Government, is also being conducted in the same area, which is being developed with a 2015 completion date in mind. The Water Corporation is the principal provider of water and wastewater services in Western Australia, managing assets valued at about $16 billion with a workforce of more than 3000. About 85% of its $3.5 billion four-year capital program is delivered through the private sector. Marin Burela, 51 President, Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Co, Shanghai, China Electrical engineer, Deakin University SINCE HIS ap- pointment to the role of president of Changan Ford Mazda Automobile (CFMA) in Octo- ber 2010, Marin Burela has imple- mented a series of developments within the com- pany. In addition to progressing with the construction of its second engine plant, the company announced in April its plans to invest over $616 million in the expansion of its manufacturing fa- cilities in Chongq- ing, thereby increasing its total unit capacity to 950,000 vehicles. In the same month, the company declared its intentions to invest over $780 million in the establishment of a new vehicle assembly plant in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. Aimed to be operational by 2015, the plant is expected to boast an initial capacity of 250,000 units. Burela held the position of Ford Australia president and CEO before taking the wheel at CFMA. 50 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2012 COVER STORY -- TOP 100