Two years ago Spark New Zealand (Telecom at that time) embarked on a new strategy designed to transform the business from a traditional fixed and mobile infrastructure company to a future-oriented, competitive retailer of digital services delivered over their networks and the Cloud.
At that time, the company outlined a two-phase approach to strategy execution: a first phase where the team would aim to stabilise revenue/margin and reduce costs; and, once this was completed, a second phase to move on to driving market revenue/margin growth with continuing improvement in unit costs.
One of the Leadership Team who has been central to this progress, Chris Quin, CEO Spark Home, Mobile & Business, has decided to leave the company by mid-year to attain his next leadership opportunity. Chris has been with the company for over 20 years. Chris has worked in a range of executive roles at Spark New Zealand and Telecom/Gen-i before that. After a period as Acting Telecom CEO, Chris agreed to move over to Home, Mobile & Business Division with a brief to build a more customer inspired, competitive and successful core business. Chris will finish up at the end of June 2015.
Simon Moutter, Managing Director, Spark New Zealand says the company focus will shift from re-setting the foundation of the company to building upon this foundation in pursuit of growth. One important element of this process will be integrating the Turnaround Programme into the businesses so that the performance improvement mind-set becomes business-as-usual by June 2015. With the Turnaround Programme coming to its end, a new Strategic Programme - "Digital First" - will be set up over the next few months to centrally architect and steer the ongoing delivery of the digital transformation of our business. Our aim will be to create New Zealand’s leading digital services platform and suite of digital applications intended to fuel market growth.
In support of these business changes, the Spark leadership team is being moved around:
Jason Paris, GM Spark Home, Mobile & Business, will be taking over the reins from Chris as CEO Spark Home, Mobile & Business from 1 July 2015. Jason has been with the company for over three years.
Rod Snodgrass, CEO Spark Ventures, will take accountability for the new Digital First Programme in conjunction with his existing accountability for Spark Ventures.
Jolie Hodson, Chief Financial Officer, will take on some operational business activities in conjunction with her existing CFO accountabilities, with the now more mature Skinny and Big Pipe businesses ready to move outside Spark Ventures and report directly into her with effect from 1 February 2015.
The roles of the remaining members of the Leadership Team remain unchanged.