Announcing our new Acting Chief Executive

black and white photo of Catherine JonesCHQ, one of New Zealand’s leading problem-solving and innovation companies, has announced that Stefan Korn is stepping down from the Chief Executive role. Catherine Jones, Head of Enterprise Capability, has been appointed as Acting Chief Executive. Stefan will be staying on as GM Product and Strategy. He has made the decision to step down as CEO as a result of a health issue. 

Stefan Korn has been with CHQ since 2013, and his vision and exemplary leadership have seen the company deliver huge impact in the government, corporate and startup sectors. 

“It has been my honour and privilege to serve CHQ’s people and clients for the past seven years, and I’ve never been more confident in our business strategy, leadership team and people”. 

“Catherine’s significant involvement in CHQ’s success in enterprise capability and her experience as a highly respected senior leader and developer of talent will make this transition seamless.”

Stefan will utilise his strategic vision and product development skills in his new role as GM Product and Strategy. Never one to slow down, Stefan will seek to continuously innovate and improve the CHQ offering to achieve critical business outcomes for CHQ’s diverse range of clients. 

Barry Brook, Chair of the CHQ board, says:

“CHQ is a high-performing company with a unique service offering developed under Stefan’s leadership over the last seven years. He is a huge asset to the business and team, and we are delighted to continue to utilise his vast knowledge and experience.”

“Looking ahead, Catherine is the right choice to step into the role of Acting CEO. She will bring passion, frontline experience and gravitas to the CEO role.”  

Catherine Jones joined CHQ after 13 years working in law and investment banking in London, including time at HSBC as Managing Director. She joined as a Senior Innovation Specialist, and quickly became the Head of Enterprise Capability. 

“I’m extremely proud of the work that CHQ is doing at the moment, especially in this time of uncertainty. I look forward to working closely with our talented leadership team to continue building on the strong momentum in our business.”

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