Big Buddy Announces New CEO

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We are proud to announce that Big Buddy has appointed Jason Judkins as our new CEO, replacing Paul Burns who is moving on after six years of dedicated and passionate service.

Jason has a highly successful track record of building teams and growing thriving export companies.

Jason is a Director of Babich Wine’s and most recently the CEO of Hop Revolution, a start-up hop growing, processing and exporting business.. 

Prior to that Jason was CEO of Taylor Pass Honey and, Yealands Wine Group. Earlier in his career Jason ran his own boutique financial advisory business and was a Director at KPMG in New Zealand and Hong Kong specialising in corporate turnaround and debt restructuring.

Following his commercial roles, Big Buddy is Jasons first appointment within the Not for Profit sector and something he was drawn towards out of a desire to make positive social impact in New Zealand

Big Buddy Chair Travis Field is excited to welcome Jason to the Big Buddy family: “Jason’s extensive experience and proven success as a leader, combined with a drive to lead a purpose-led team were just what we were looking for.”

Jason was drawn to Big Buddy and said: “For over 20 years Big Buddy has been walking alongside amazing mums and caregivers, matching good guys with boys and creating life changing relationships. I’m thrilled to be part of a great team that has such a positive ripple effect throughout New Zealand.”

Travis thanked outgoing CEO Paul Burns. “During Paul’s time at Big Buddy, the organisation has significantly grown in size and profile, expanding into Hamilton and Tauranga. We have rebranded and matched many more boys to Big Buddies. Last month we celebrated our 1,111th  Big Buddy match.

“Paul will be greatly missed, but we wish him all the best in his new adventures and know he will always be part of our village,” says Travis.

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