Tuesday, 26 April 2016 12:27

Spark NZ continues digital services push with changes at top

Simon Moutter, Spark NZ Simon Moutter, Spark NZ

New Zealand’s largest telco, Spark, has made changes to its leadership team in a move the company says is designed to set it up for further expansion as a digital services company.

Spark changed its name from Telecom to Spark in 2014, and announcing the management changes managing director Simon Moutter said “Over the past four years, we’ve gone through enormous change in our core business, we’ve rejuvenated the company at all levels and we’ve transformed from Telecom to Spark”.

“It’s required every one of us to step up to the challenge and collectively give our all, and the Spark Leadership Team has certainly done that. It’s been a privilege for me to work with a team of such calibre on this transformation.

“Leadership succession is something many companies grapple with. This announcement shows our determination to do this right and ensure Spark New Zealand has strong, effective leadership for the period ahead.

“I’m particularly proud that the majority of the above moves involve the promotion of our own people. It’s a testament to the depth and quality of talent we have within the organisation – and this will continue to underpin our success as New Zealand’s leading digital services company.”

The Spark new leadership team is:

Managing Director                              Simon Moutter

Chief Financial Officer                       (To be announced shortly)

Chief Transformation Officer             David Havercroft

CEO, Spark Digital                             Jolie Hodson

CEO, Spark HMB                               Jason Paris

CEO, Spark Ventures                         (To be announced on completion of an internal selection process)

COO, Spark Connect                         Mark Beder

CDO, Spark Platforms                       Claire Barber

Group HR Director                             Joe McCollum


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).



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