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Claire Barber

Non-Executive Director

With over 20 years of international experience in technology and telecommunications, Claire Barber currently holds the position of Chief Digital Officer at Spark New Zealand.

Leading the Spark Platforms business unit, Claire has developed teams of specialists in customer experience design, data, technology and product to redesign Spark’s products and services for the digital economy.  Claire’s primary focus is leading out on new ways of working to drive better outcomes for customers.

Claire is actively engaged in the next wave of disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics and blockchain.  As such, she is an enthusiastic contributor to the debate on the future of work.

Prior to joining Spark, Claire was part of a strategic shift within IBM to build their domestic businesses in both China and India where she played a key role in establishing cornerstone client relationships and executing significant value generating deals.  She has also worked extensively across the Asia Pacific region.

Claire holds a PhD from the University of Northumbria in the UK and has held a variety of lecturing roles in the UK and Singapore and latterly at the University of Auckland.


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