Chief Product Officer
Mr. Rod Snodgrass is Chief Executive Officer Spark Ventures of the Company. Rod leads Spark Ventures a business unit formed in early 2013 to nurture the Companys pace of innovation and to deliver connected digital experiences that customers love. It acts as an internal incubator and accelerator adopting disruptive digital approaches and startup methods. These include Lean and Agile for a portfolio of ventures that include Lightbox TV Qrious Morepork and investments in New Zealand startups Vigil and Putti. Rod is also accountable for the Digital First strategic programme to accelerate the digital capability within Spark New Zealand. Rod was responsible for the repositioning of Skinny mobile the rapid expansion of Spark New Zealands WiFi hot spot network and the development of Bigpipe broadband. Rod has a huge amount of experience sitting on local and international boards and is involved in a number of innovation sector initiatives. Prior to joining the Company in 1998 Rod was the Financial Controller at Ericsson Cellular and before that Group Controller at Fletcher Energy. Originally part of the Xtra team then rising to become its General Manager Rod has also spent time since Xtra leading the Companys fixed line division leading Group Strategy and then as Chief Product Officer. Rod has a BCA from Victoria University and is a New Zealand Chartered Accountant.
Executive Since 2013