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Jolie Hodson

CEO Spark

Jolie Hodson is Chief Executive and a Board member for Spark New Zealand. Her appointment to Chief Executive in July 2019 followed a substantial career with Spark, leading different components of the operating business over a six year period. As Chief Executive Jolie is responsible for ensuring the company has a sound strategy and applies her leadership to delivering on that strategy, while building a team around her and a business that is able to adapt to the fast changing world of digital services.

Having joined Spark in 2013 as Spark Chief Financial Officer, she played a pivotal role in re-orienting the business from a ‘telco’ to a ‘digital services provider, before being appointed in 2016 to Chief Executive Officer of Spark Digital, Spark’s ICT services division and then to Spark Customer Director in 2018 when Spark transitioned to Agile ways of working.

In 2016 she was awarded ‘CFO of the Year’ at the Deloitte Top 200 Business Awards. Prior to joining Spark, Jolie held a number of executive roles for Lion Group Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand.

Jolie is a founder of OnBeingBold and a member of Global Women and Champions for Change. She is passionate about mentoring women in business. She is married to Gareth, a supportive and patient husband! Family time is spent walking their golden retrievers on the local north shore and Coromandel beaches and travelling with their teens Sam and Emma.