EXECUTIVE
TEAM

Mark Callander, Chief Executive New Zealand

Mark Callander, Chief Executive New Zealand. Mark has been a key player in New Zealand’s competitive telco market for two decades. While heading up the NZ business he has driven the acquisition of the number four player Orcon and transitioned from a privately owned business to form part of a Trans-Tasman ASX200 listed telecommunications company. Under his leadership, Vocus has also won an important place on the government’s Telecommunications as a Service (TaaS) panel with an ongoing commitment to bringing innovation, network investment and strong competition to all market segments.

As the leader of a dynamic business, Mark believes that achieving cultural alignment when merging business is critical to driving high engagement and successful outcomes across teams. He holds a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato and completed Leadership for Senior Executives with Harvard Business School. Mark is a Board Member of the Elevator Group.

Susie Stone, General Manager Vocus Communications

Susie heads up Vocus NZ’s Corporate, Government, Enterprise, and business division. Her 145 strong team is based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and prides itself on maximising Vocus Communications’ combined strengths in product, sales, marketing and service environments, across all-sized sectors, with specific focus on customising solutions to customer need. Her team has won a place on the Government’s Telecommunications as a Service panel, and has developed a range of products designed to allow organisations to purchase telco services on a per-user basis.

Susie comes to the role following a long telecommunications career, holding many senior leadership positions, including GM Network Solutions at Clear Communications and GM Strategic Development at Kordia, and has a deep understanding of networks, strategy and product development, as well as strong management skills.

Taryn Hamilton, Consumer General Manager

Taryn is passionate about technology and providing the best internet services for Kiwis. With almost two decades of industry experience, Taryn heads up Vocus’ three Consumer brands; Orcon, Slingshot and Flip. The brands have carved out reputation as challenger brands in a competitive landscape, with a focus on innovation, great service, and agility in bringing products to market.

Jude Flood, 2talk General Manager

Jude has been General Manager of 2talk since September 2007. She helped grow the company from a start-up and helped the transition through its sale to a thriving division of Vocus Group. Jude loves technology and is focused on continuing to grow the 2talk brand both in New Zealand and Australia.

Adrian Dick, Chief Technology Officer New Zealand

One of the original CallPlus team members, Adrian started his career with the business in 1997. Adrian has been instrumental in growing the Group in New Zealand from a small reseller, to one of the country’s largest full-service telecommunications providers. He now manages a team of 120, responsible for maintaining and optimising Vocus Group’s NZ network, which includes more than 4,200km of fibre, more than 200 Exchanges, and 125 handovers and POPs nationwide. 

Jacky Hollingsworth, General Manager Finance, Vocus Group New Zealand

Jacky joined Vocus NZ in July 2017 as General Manager of Finance leading the finance, planning, credit/collections and revenue assurance functions. Jacky started her career in the energy sector, before moving into Telco where she held a number of senior finance roles. After spending over 10 years in Telco Jacky headed to the world of burgers and fries and spent 4 years as CFO of McDonald’s Restaurants (NZ) Ltd.

Jacky is focused on developing a finance team that work as key business partners looking beyond the numbers, and who drive a positive and engaging team culture. Jacky has a BCom (Merit) from University of Wollongong (Aus) and is a member of CPA (Australia).

Johnathan Eele, GM – Regulatory and Commercial

Johnathan’s career in telco and utilities spans 17 years. He joined Vocus Group following the Group’s acquisition of Black + White; a specialised business telco he founded in 2008. Johnathan has worked in the UK, Ireland, USA and NZ for companies such as Cable & Wireless, Hutchison Whampoa, and Telecom NZ. Johnathan heads up Vocus Group’s Regulatory and Commercial function, and is focused on vendor and regulatory relations as well as strategic initiatives.

Catherine Adams, Consumer Operations General Manager

Catherine heads up the consumer operations for Vocus’ Consumer brands, leading a 300-strong team of helpdesk, provisioning, recruitment, learning and development and disputes resolutions agents. With multi-industry experience in both New Zealand and Australia, Catherine has extensive operations and general management skills, along with a passion for fostering people to work to their talents and achieve great results.

Mark O’Connell, General Manager Human Resources

Mark heads up the HR and corporate services function for Vocus Group in NZ. Originally joining CallPlus in 2004 as HR Director, Mark played a key part in the CallPlus acquisition of Orcon in 2014, and more recently, the merger with Vocus. Mark has seen the business through significant change and works to develop strategies to achieve business growth and enhance productivity.

Emily Acland, General Counsel

Emily heads the legal and compliance function of the New Zealand Group. She is responsible for the overall provision of legal support across Vocus’ six different brands in New Zealand. Emily started her career as a private practice solicitor, working at Russell McVeagh in Auckland followed by international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in London. She moved in-house as Corporate Counsel for an ASX/NZX listed company on her return to New Zealand before joining Vocus in 2016.