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Megan
Quinn

Retail future authority and a co-founder, Net-A-Porter.

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Profile

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

Named as one of the top most powerful women in Australian retail in 2013 by Inside Retail, Megan is a truly engaging speaker whose global experience, intelligence, honesty, humility and quick humour serve to consistently inform, entertain and inspire her audiences.

Current work

In conjunction with her Board appointments and involvement in philanthropy, Megan runs Q&CO a boutique consultancy which focuses on how her clients can most effectively engage with their customers and clients through multi-channel and traditional service models. Alongside consulting, she also runs master classes and workshops.

Previous experience

Advertising: Her secondment to London in 1988 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.

Executive: While in London, Megan held executive board roles with both Harrods and Net-A-Porter. Today she is a senior advisor across a range of industries and is a Non-Executive Director of Reece Group; InvoCare and City Chic Collective. She is also an Ambassador for Fitted For Work.

Achievements: One of Megan'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. In her capacity as Creative Director, she designed the iconic packaging, directed the site design and editorial, and was a member of the buying team. In her role as HR Director, she hired, trained and managed all staff, with a particular emphasis on creating the unique levels of service for which Net-A-Porter is now internationally renowned. As a Board Director, she reported to the fellow directors of the company, and reviewed and discussed the strategic, marketing, operational and financial implications and consequences of the rapidly expanding global business.

Expertise
Talking Points

The Entrepreneurial Mindset: Moving to the Beat of Your Own Drum

The Vital Balance of Business: Between Commerciality & Creativity; Information & Intuition; Finance & Feelings; AI & EQ; Meta Data and Thick Data

How to Create a Global Brand with Local Resonance

How to Differentiate in Crowded Markets: Don't Be a Business Sheep

The Power of Diversity: Beyond Gender, Race and Age

How to Future Proof Your Business: Ambiguity is the New Black

The Yin and Yang of Data

The Power of Creativity to Create Business Advantage

A Life Lived With Passion

Business Transformation

Media
Feedback
I wanted to thank you for agreeing to present at our Women's Network Conference. Your presentation was the highest rated presentation of the day. Most employees mentioned that they could relate to you and were highly motivated by what you had to say. They thought you were engaging, and that it was a great success story to hear about. Some of the quotes we received were... 'It was fascinating and I really enjoyed it'; 'I really enjoyed the session and found Megan very intriguing, cool and sophisticated'; 'Very interesting and inspiring from the perspective that it takes more than a good idea but also determination and courage'; and 'Very interesting to hear her experiences and challenges she faced - best session!' Thanks again, and we look forward to having you participate in future events with Goldman Sachs. Goldman Sachs & Partners Australia Pty Ltd

Megan was the epitome of professionalism from the minute she walked in the door, but more than that, she was completely approachable, warm and kind - just like the mantra she follows in her business practices. I felt that Megan truly valued the input from each of our team members throughout the whole event, and in particular for me from a media relations point of view, she was more than willing to take part in media interviews with a great willingness to talk on all things to do with her career journey and life. The audience were glowing with inspiration following her genuinely real and motivating presentation and each of our team felt personally touched by her presence. We thank Megan very much for her contribution to our event, for making our audience so inspired and for her personable approach throughout the whole day.

Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry

I just wanted to take the time to say a BIG thank you for your contribution yesterday in helping make our Choice Hotels FCM Business Forum Luncheon a great success. I personally spoke with all of the attendees at the completion of the event and everybody thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. Some of their comments were: 'She had me captivated for the whole presentation'; 'I could've listened to Megan talk for hours and I'm sure she could talk for hours'; 'What a story and what an amazing lady'; 'Her story was like reading a good book'; 'I can't believe I had the chance to listen to Megan's story especially the part re the start-up of Net-A-Porter... as myself and my business partner were just in NYC just two weeks ago sitting in the Net-A-Porter New York offices discussing the possibilities for our brand'. I could go on but the above is a great indication of how well received Megam was... thank you!

Choice Hotels FCM Business Forum Luncheon

A huge thank you to Megan for making the journey to Sydney to present to our Chapter. Megan's presentation was humble, inspirational and delivered with big dollops of humour and passion. It was an exemplary effort and very much appreciated!

President, Entrepreneurs' Organisation, Sydney

Speaker rating: Excellent - Megan Quinn presented a very professional and engaging talk on governance, with specific emphasis on Diversity (of skills, age, education and gender), Leadership (the challenges of strong leadership in tough times) and Generational Change (knowing when to hand over the reins as well as the concept of fixed terms of service on boards). Her presentation hit the mark on all counts, utilising her national and international experience in both management and governance.

Australian Institute of Company Directors
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