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celebrating 50 years with saxton

megan quinn: the birth of an era | online retailing

Megan Quinn discusses the birth of online retailing at Australia Speaks, our 50th anniversary celebration.

Megan Quinn has built a 25-year career in luxury retailing, advertising, publishing and design for the fashion, jewellery, hotel and airline industries. She has held a variety of leadership and senior executive roles, as well as non-executive board roles, utilising her strong commercial capabilities and deep expertise in brand and service offer development.

Her secondment to London with the Mojo advertising agency marked the beginning of 18 years of involvement with prestigious clients and established her brand development and campaign design skills as well as a deep understanding and appreciation of the commercial requirements of her clients. While in London, Quinn held executive board roles with both Harrods and Net-A-Porter. Today, she is a non-executive director of UNICEF Australia and Specialty Fashion Group, and an Ambassador for Fitted For Work.

One of Quinn’s notable achievements was her co-founding of the internationally acclaimed Net-A-Porter in 1999. Her role was to direct the brand development of the company, which launched in June 2000, serving as Creative Director, HR Director, and a Board Director.

Named the 15th most powerful woman in Australian retail in 2013 by Inside Retail, Quinn runs boutique consultancy Q&CO in conjunction with her Board appointments and involvement in philanthropy.

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Saxton Speakers' 2015 celebration of 50 years of the business and of the spoken word in Australia was the biggest of its kind in the country, incorporating performances from 24 of Australia's leading speakers and entertainers. You can watch all the individual presenters by clicking on their image below, or view the highlights reel here.

the presenters
Craig Davis Ita Buttrose
Steve Vamos Dr Chris Caton
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg Satyajit Das
Graeme Joy Remo Giuffre
Mark Bouris Layne Beachley
Cathy Freeman Megan Quinn
Tim Cope Gill Hicks
Vinh Giang Rachel Botsman
Winston Broadbent & Nanette Moulton, Directors of Saxton Speakers Bureau
the performers
Sounds of the 60's with Ciaran Gribbin and Darren PercivalCiaran Gribbin with the sounds of the 80's
Jade MacRae - Love will keep us together Tim Campbell - Let me entertain you
Tom Thum Finale
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