Spark announced today it has appointed Stephen Ponsford as the new CEO for its data, analytics, and AI business, Qrious.
He succeeds Nathalie Morris, who made the decision to move onto new ventures in October 2021. Stephen has been working
as Acting CEO for Qrious since Nathalie’s departure and was formerly the firm’s Chief Technology Officer, having joined
Qrious in 2017. The appointment signals the firm’s increased focus on accelerating New Zealand’s data transformation.
“I’m incredibly proud to lead an organisation that is truly purpose-led and value-driven. An organisation that is
already associated with many projects of national significance, helping to improve domestic outcomes in the private and
public sectors. The world of data, analytics and AI is playing an increasingly significant role in modern life, offering
unprecedented opportunities for human development and innovation. Organisations are placing greater value on
opportunities arising from these technologies and we can’t wait to help NZ organisations on their journey,” said
In announcing Stephen’s appointment, Matt Bain, Spark Marketing Director, said “Stephen is dedicated to transforming
Kiwi businesses through the application of data analytics and AI, and we are excited to see how he will take Qrious to
the next level after almost 10 years in the business. We have an opportunity to accelerate towards a vibrant and
inclusive digital economy driven by data intelligence and AI technologies. Stephen brings a wealth of experience and
credentials to the role and will undoubtedly help unlock the value and potential of Qrious’ offering for New Zealand
Qrious, part of the Spark Business Group, is dedicated to New Zealand's growth as a digital nation, creating products
and services that transform organisations and investing significantly in building local AI and data analytics skills and
Qrious recently released the State of Artificial Intelligence in New Zealand report which highlighted the stark divide
between AI adoption in small and large businesses in New Zealand and the implications of Kiwi organisations being left
behind as the sector develops rapidly globally.
Stephen’s appointment to CEO of Qrious is effective immediately.