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Paul is an experienced technology executive and industry commentator, with an extensive background in the telecommunications sector.
He has almost three decades of executive experience in the telecommunications and technology sectors. Between 2011 and 2014, he was CEO of users group TUANZ (previously the Telecommunications Users Association of NZ, now the Technology Users Association of NZ). During that time, he was also a Board Member of TCF and served as a Council Member of TDR, New Zealand's independent Telecommunications Dispute Resolution service.
Paul has also worked at Vodafone New Zealand as well as for a number of news media organisations, including as editor of Computerworld. His most recent role has been leading the corporate communications team at Datacom.
Chorus, Tier 1 Representative
JB has held senior positions at Telstra and NBN Co. Most recently he was Chief Strategy Officer at NBN, and before this he oversaw NBN’s network and service operations.
Before NBN, JB held senior roles at Telstra including the Executive Director of Voice, BigPond and Media.
JB was also the CEO of IP telephony start up Interline, an Executive Director of the Australasian Media and Communications Fund and has worked in consulting and investment banking. He was born in France.
JB holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management (USA) and a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (France).
Spark New Zealand, Tier 1 Representative
Jolie Hodson is Chief Executive of Spark New Zealand.
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 leadership team around her and a business that can adapt to the fast-changing world of digital services.
Her appointment to Chief Executive in July 2019 followed a substantial career with Spark, leading most components of the operating business over a period of six years.
Having joined Spark in 2013 as Spark Chief Financial Officer, Jolie played a pivotal part in repositioning the business from a ‘telco’ to a ‘digital service provider’, securing its return to growth in 2016. In 2016 she became Chief Executive Officer of Spark Digital, Spark’s ICT services division delivering digital solutions to a wide range of New Zealand business.
Following Spark’s 2018 transition to Agile, Jolie was appointed Customer Director for Spark, which required a strong understanding of dynamic and competitive markets and clear insight into what our customers value.
Prior to joining Spark, held a number of executive roles for Lion Group Australia, after starting her career with Deloitte's.
Vodafone, Tier 1 Representative
Jason is the CEO of Vodafone New Zealand and joined Vodafone Group in April 2018 from Spark New Zealand where he was Chief Executive Officer of Home, Mobile and Business.
Prior to his time at Spark, Jason held senior executive roles in Europe and New Zealand across the technology, media and retail industries.
2degrees, Tier 1 Representative
Mark has over 15 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry. He began his career with Telecom before joining CallPlus. As CEO of CallPlus, he has been a key driver behind the growth and success of the company. Under Mark’s leadership, CallPlus developed a strong leadership position in the industry and has been widely recognised as the ‘consumer champion’, driving change in the New Zealand regulatory and competitive landscape.
In 2022, Mark was appointed the CEO of the combined 2degrees and Orcon Group business known as 2degrees.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato and completed Leadership for Senior Executives with Harvard Business School.
Enable Networks, Tier 2 Representative
Johnathan has more than 20 years’ communications industry experience in New Zealand and overseas where he has held leadership roles spanning the wholesale, enterprise, government and consumer sectors. He also has significant regulatory affairs experience.
Before joining Enable, Johnathan was based in Auckland as Chief Executive – Enterprise, Government and Wholesale at Vocus. Prior to that, his career included founding Black + White; a specialised business telco as well as working in the UK, Ireland, USA and New Zealand for companies such as Cable & Wireless, Hutchison Whampoa, and Telecom NZ (now Spark).
Tuatahi First Fibre, Tier 2 Representative
John is a highly experienced New Zealand Chief Executive with a strong track record in the technology sector, he is currently the CEO of Tuatahi First Fibre, having been with the company since June 2019.
John was the CEO of Network for Learning from 2012 – 2017, the CEO of Maxnet from 2009 to 2012 and the Chief Operating Officer of Simpl from 2006 to 2008.
Earlier roles included senior Executive positions with IBM, Computerland and SolNet Limited in New Zealand and Australia. John is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, a Trustee of the Professionelle Foundation, Chair of the Eat Right be Right Trust, and a Trustee of the Bright Future Trust.
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