Jolie Hodson is the Chief Executive of Spark New Zealand. Her appointment to Chief Executive in July 2019 follows 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.
Prior to that Jolie was the customer director, which required a strong understanding of dynamic, competitive markets and what customers value. 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.
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 member of Global Women, a founder of On Being Bold and is passionate about mentoring women in business.
She is married to Gareth, a supportive and patient husband! Family time is spent supporting Sam and Emma’s sporting adventures, walking their goldies and travelling.