Jolie Hodson is CEO and an Executive Director of Spark New Zealand. Her appointment to CEO in July 2019 followed a substantial career within Spark, leading different areas of the operating business over a six-year period. As CEO Jolie is responsible for ensuring the Company has a sound strategy and builds a team around her that is able to deliver the digital infrastructure, products and services, and innovation that supports Spark’s customers and Aotearoa to win big in a digital world. Jolie is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, digital equity, and the role of technology in enabling Aotearoa’s transition to a low-carbon economy. She is a founder of OnBeingBold, a member of Global Women and Champions for Change, and is passionate about mentoring women in business.
In 2016 Jolie was awarded ‘CFO of the Year’ and in 2022 she was awarded 'CEO of the Year' at the Deloitte Top 200 Business Awards. In 2022 Jolie became the Convenor of the Climate Leaders Coalition, uniting New Zealand businesses that account for 32% of the country’s GDP to raise the bar on business leadership on climate action.
She is married to Gareth, a supportive and patient husband! Family time is spent walking their golden retriever, at the beach and travelling with their teens Sam and Emma.