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Top 100 : 2012
Tom Quinn, 51 Group Vice President Asia Pacific, Jacobs, Melbourne Mechanical engineer, Monash University 2012 MARKS mechanical engineer Tom Quinn s second year with global professional, technical and construction services company Jacobs. Having previously served as the senior vice president of the Asia Pacific wing of Aker Solutions, Quinn made the move to Jacobs when it acquired Aker s process and construction business last year. Now group president to the company s Asia Pacific operations, Quinn is responsible for Jacobs en- deavours in Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Pacific region. In Australia alone, Jacobs services aerospace and defence, energy and environment, infrastructure, mining and metals, technology, and oil, gas and process. Its Asia Pacific business employs some 2000 people. Ian Smith, 54 CEO and Managing Director, Orica Mining engineer, University of NSW AFTER FIVE years as CEO and managing director of gold mining corporation Newcrest, Ian Smith commenced a new chapter of his professional life in February of this year. Smith now holds the position of managing director and CEO at Orica, which employs over 14,000 staff worldwide, runs offices in more than 50 countries and pursues interests in mining services, manufacturing, explosives and chemicals. Since starting at Orica, Smith has created a series of senior executive roles as part of a corporate restructure designed to foster growth in the company s manufacturing sector. Last month the company announced its plan to build an $812 million ammo- nium nitrate plant in Western Australia, which will support iron ore operations in the area. "We have a clear vision for servicing the fast-growing Pilbara iron ore market, which is being strongly embraced by our customers in the region," Smith said in regards to the plant. Smith is a director with Transurban Group and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and is president of the Australian Mines and Metals Association. Les Williamson, 46 Vice-President, Cisco Asia Pacific, Melbourne Electronics engineer, Monash University AFTER LEADING the Australia and New Zealand branch of networking and information technology company Cisco though a period of sustained growth, Les Williamson was last June pro- moted to lead the global group s operations in the entire Asia Pacific region. In his new capacity, Williamson is responsible for Cisco s businesses in Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand. Williamson said a challenge and highlight of his new role is promoting Cisco s networking and cloud computing technologies into burgeoning markets. "The mix of hyper growth economies along with developed economies and the diversity of social and political influences is a great challenge and opportunity for Cisco s value to customers and partners," he said. In fiscal 2011 Cisco made a global revenue of US$43 billion -- an 8% improvement on its revenue from the previous year. The company s progress has been fuelled by its focus. 55 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2012 TOP 100 COVER STORY Industry