Spark New Zealand
As Managing Director, Simon is responsible for the overall leadership, strategic direction and management of Spark New Zealand, through its various business divisions and the brands that provide digital services to millions of New Zealanders and thousands of New Zealand businesses. Simon has led the reinvention of Telecom to Spark New Zealand, in order to better reflect the new world of digital services in which the business now operates. As a passionate and committed Kiwi, his ambition is for Spark New Zealand to be a winning business, inspired by customers to unleash the potential in all New Zealanders. Simon returned to the business in mid-2012. He has a deep understanding of the industry, having managed most
parts of Telecom in previous roles, most recently as Chief Operating Officer during the years 2003-2008. In the intervening years, he led Auckland International Airport for a period of four years in which he transformed the customer experience and delivered a significant uplift in its share price. Simon spent 13 years in the electricity and gas industry including as chief executive of Powerco (1992 to 1999). Simon has a Master's degree in Engineering from the University of Canterbury and a Bachelor's degree in Science from Massey University.
Chief Financial Officer,
Spark New Zealand
David joined the Spark Leadership Team as Chief Financial Officer in October 2016, reporting to Managing Director Simon Moutter. Drawing on extensive digital and online experience, David’s role is to drive clear insights into what customers value, what makes the business more competitive and what delivers value for Spark in competitive and rapidly changing digital markets. David succeeded Jolie Hodson, who has moved to become CEO of Spark Digital,
the business unit supporting Spark’s corporate and government customers. Prior to joining Spark, David was Chief Financial Officer for Mediaworks, including a period of time as interim Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Mediaworks, he held a number of senior financial and general management roles with iSelect Limited, DuluxGroup Limited and Macquarie Capital. David has an MBA from INSEAD Business School, a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.
Spark Home, Mobile and Business
Jason Paris became CEO of Spark Home, Mobile and Business (HMB) on 1 July 2015, after four years as General Manager for Spark HMB. He leads the team that provide more than two million New Zealand consumers and SMEs with access to the technology and digital services they need to succeed and thrive. As GM Jason was pivotal in the transformation from Telecom to Spark and he is passionate about building a customer-inspired Spark Home, Mobile and Business Team,
which helps more New Zealanders and New Zealand businesses achieve their potential. He has a strong commercial, strategy and marketing background, particularly in the media, technology and retail sectors. In previous roles he was CEO of TV3 and Four and also held executive positions in New Zealand and Europe with TVNZ, Nokia and McDonalds.
Jolie succeeded Tim Miles as Chief Executive of Spark Digital in October 2016 after serving as the Chief Financial Officer for Spark for two years. Spark Digital provides converged ICT solutions for the rapidly evolving needs of business, enterprise and government customers, as they meet the demands of an increasingly globalised, connected and mobile customer base. Spark Digital’s unique capability in delivering the best ICT solutions in New Zealand, inspired and fully supported by the power of Spark, makes it possible for its customers to contribute to the overall economic success of New Zealand. Jolie understands dynamic, competitive markets and focuses on developing clear insight into what customers value, what makes the business more competitive and what delivers value for Spark New Zealand.
Prior to joining the company as CFO, Jolie worked for 12 years with the Lion group, Australasia's largest beverages group in a range of senior financial roles. Most recently she was finance director of the Beer, Spirits & Wine Australia division - Lion's largest business unit. Before joining Lion in 2000, Jolie spent eight years with Deloitte's audit division based in Auckland, rising to senior audit manager. She gained a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland and has attended the Strategic Management Program at Sydney's Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
Chief Transformation Officer,
Spark New Zealand
David Havercroft is the Chief Transformation Officer of Spark New Zealand, helping to oversee the moving parts of the next phase of the Spark New Zealand strategic transformation. David plays a key role in guiding our business simplification choices, leveraging the industry infrastructure and technology pathway opportunities that lie ahead and maximising associated business expansion and revenue growth.
David joined the company in October 2009 and has over 30 years of international telecommunications industry experience. He has held executive roles in business and technology functions in British Telecom, Cable & Wireless,
IBM, and PwC. David has a proven track record in designing and leading large-scale, complex business and information technology transformation programmes with a particular focus on strategic partnerships. As a very capable and experienced senior executive and leader, David also plays a valuable role mentoring and supporting other members of the Spark New Zealand Leadership Team.
Dr Claire Barber
Chief Digital Officer,
Spark New Zealand
Dr Claire Barber is the Chief Digital Officer for Spark New Zealand, and leads Spark Platforms, a new business unit that develops best-practice digital platforms. A key partner to Spark Home, Mobile and Business, Spark Digital and Spark Ventures, and drawing on expertise from across the company, Spark Platforms is responsible for ensuring that our products and services are truly digital and that our customers’ needs are at the centre of everything we do.
Claire joined Spark in July 2011 as General Manager of Change and Technology, where she led strategic initiatives that include IT in-sourcing, developing new operating models, and simplifying processes and products. Her team was responsible for a three year, multi-million dollar re-engineering programme that
has successfully modernized Spark’s legacy IT systems and migrated millions of customer records to those systems, resulting in faster delivery of customer services. Claire’s team was also critical in managing Spark’s rebrand in 2014.
Claire brings to the role more than 20 years of experience in international technology and telecommunications, having held sales and management roles at IBM, working with clients in China and India and the Asia Pacific region. Prior to that, she was a lecturer and assistant dean at the University of Auckland, and has a PhD from University of Northumbria in the UK.
Chief Operating Officer,
Spark New Zealand
Mark Beder is the Chief Operating Officer of Spark New Zealand and leads Spark Connect, which designs, builds, and maintains Spark’s core networks, IT and physical infrastructure, including property and data centres.
Mark is responsible for building the best network experience and optimising the huge investments in data networks, mobile, and IT to set Spark up for success and growth, and enable New Zealand’s digital future.
Since joining the company in 2003 Mark has held several senior roles, most recently as General Manager Value Management with responsibility for Group Procurement, IT and network investment, management of the Chorus relationship, and mobile capacity.
Mark successfully drove major technology initiatives and innovation, such as Spark’s 4G network and the Optical Transport Network.
Prior to that, Mark was the General Manager responsible for the demerger of the operations of Telecom from Chorus in 2011.
Before joining Spark, Mark worked as a Senior Manager for Ernst and Young Consulting in Auckland. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Auckland.
Ed is the Chief Executive of Spark Ventures, a business unit formed in early 2013 to nurture the company’s pace of innovation and to deliver connected digital experiences that customers love. It acts as an internal incubator and accelerator, adopting disruptive approaches and start-up methods such as Lean and Agile for a portfolio of ventures that has included Skinny mobile, Bigpipe broadband, Spark’s WiFi hot spot network, Lightbox TV, Qrious smart data, Morepork smart living and investments in NZ start-ups Vigil and Putti. Ed joined Spark in 2006 and was most recently CEO of Qrious, a Big Data and Analytics business which launched in March 2014 tasked with delivering value to customers through the better use of data.
Prior to this he was responsible for the development of a number of start-ups in the data and mobile domain in both the UK and NZ and spent a number of years as GM of Mobile for Spark. He has a passion for digital, transformational technologies and disruptive business models. He is a keen runner and cyclist with his most notable sporting achievement being 10th place in the 2010 Xterra World Trail running championships in Hawaii.
Group HR Director,
Spark New Zealand
Joe McCollum joined Spark New Zealand in November 2012 as Group HR Director, bringing over 30 years of global experience in leading transformational HR initiatives at companies undergoing significant change and operating in rapidly changing markets. Joe understands the critical importance of organisational culture on success, and is influencing the cultural shift underway within Spark New Zealand. Prior to joining the company, he worked in the music and media businesses - initially with EMI in 2004, managing the sale of EMI to a private-equity company, before joining news media group DMGT in 2008. He remained with DMGT until returning
in 2012 to New Zealand, where he had previously worked in the hospitality industry as HR Director for Lion Nathan between 1989 and 1996. At the end of 1997 he returned to the UK to take up the role of worldwide HR Director for ICI, a global chemical company with 65,000 employees. He joined Misys in 1999 - a global software company recognised as a world leader in various segments. Joe also worked in Saudi Arabia for 5 years in the 1970’s as the HR Director for a 4,500-staff hospital company before joining Pepsi initially in Cyprus and then in the headquarters in New York. He obtained his MSc in Business Studies from Columbia University.