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New Zealand telco, Spark, has a new chief with Jason Paris taking up the role of CEO Spark Home, Mobile and Business (HMB) today.

Paris, who has been with Spark (formerly Telecom NZ) for four years as general manager HMB, takes over with the departure of former CEO Chris Quin at the end of June.

Paris has a strong commercial, strategy and marketing background, particularly in the media, technology and retail sectors. He was previously CEO of TV3 and Four and also held executive positions in New Zealand and Europe with TVNZ, Nokia and McDonalds.

As CEO, Paris will lead a team of over 2,000 employees, providing more than two million New Zealand consumers and SMEs with access to broadband, mobile, WiFi and a range of other services.

He says his immediate priority is to ensure the momentum behind Spark continues, “with a clear focus on existing customers.”

“It’s a rare thing for a company to make its existing customers feel as though they are the more important than anything else – and in particular more important than the people the company still has to convince to join up - but Spark wants to be that brand.

“We are privileged to have a fantastically loyal customer base and our focus is on creating the best experience in the market for them.  We want our customers to be so happy with us they advocate for us, recommend us.”

Paris thanked Chris Quin for the legacy he was leaving behind at Spark HMB. “Chris is a New Zealand business legend, and he has our wholehearted best wishes as he takes up the role of CEO at Foodstuffs – an iconic New Zealand brand. He leaves the business in a strong position, and has set us up to take things to the next level for our customers.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

 

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