"Jolie Hodson wants to be a chief executive and if she gets her way, she will be among a very small group of women who have made it to the top of corporate New Zealand," the Herald wrote in 2016, profiling the telco's then-chief financial officer.

This year Hodson got her wish, in what was either an example of seamless succession planning or a closed-shop process, depending on your point of view.

Long-time Spark boss Simon Moutter resigned late in the day on April 2 and that evening Spark's board decided to appoint Hodson as his successor.

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