Group Head, Market Insights
Sarah Quinlan is the Senior Vice President and Group Head of Market Insights for MasterCard Advisors, the analytics and insights consulting unit of MasterCard. Since joining MasterCard in January 2013, Sarah has advised executives in a range of industries, including retail, banking, capital markets, and government agencies, providing macro-to-micro economic trends related to consumer spending and retail sales. She and her team analyze and predict spending patterns, based on the billions of anonymous purchases MasterCard processes every year, to create solutions that help clients make better business decisions.
Sarah is widely recognized as an expert in her field and appears regularly in the media including CNBC, the Associated Press, Fox Business Network, Bloomberg TV, the Times of London, The Daily Telegraph, and Women's Wear Daily (WWD). She is also a frequent speaker at prominent industry conferences such as the Financo CEO Forum, Milken Institute summit, WWD CEO Summit and 100 Women in Hedge Funds.
Prior to joining MasterCard Advisors, Sarah was the Founder and CIO of Katen Capital, a global macro hedge fund manager. Previously, she was the Chief Investment Officer and Head of Alternatives for Saad Financial Services, S.A. Before her role with Saad, Sarah was a portfolio manager at UBS, and at Lloyds TSB focusing on alternative investments. She was co-founder and portfolio manager of TwentyFirst Century Advisors, a small and mid-cap long/short hedge fund which was ranked in the Top 10 of Mar Hedge. She was also the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of ClienTec, a thin client computer company which was sold in 2000. She began her career at Salomon Brothers Inc. in mortgage sales and trading. Sarah received her BA and MBA from the University of Chicago in Politics, Economics, Rhetoric and Law with Special Honors and in Finance and Accounting, respectively.
Sarah Quinlan discusses the trends in travel and London being the top travel destination in Europe on Bloomberg TV.
Podcast: The Bloomberg Advantage: Quinlan Sees Positive Consumer Growth Bloomberg, 06/04/15
Article: The Three Essential Retail Trend Truths Pymnts.com, 06/04/15
Article: Retail Rock 'n Rollers Re-Inventing Themselves in Las Vegas Real Estate Weekly, 05/20/15
Article: How Restaurants Can Take Advantage of High Valuations Nation's Restaurant News, 05/19/15
Article: Here's what Americans are really spending money on Yahoo Finance, 05/15/15
Video: Small Business Sales Surge With Consumer Confidence, 05/07/15
Article: Consumers' spending habits shifting away from retail: report Retail Dive, 04/27/15
Podcast: Listen to Sarah Quinlan's podcast on Online Spend during the Summer, Pymnts.com, 8/01/14
Article: Lou Gerstner Was Right: Consumer Spending Matters, Not Stock Price The Robin Report, 11/11/14
Article: What Drove Consumer Spending in May? The Centurion, 06/24/14
Article: Reading Consumer Behavior in a Tentative Time By Sarah Quinlan, 06/18/14
Article: Sarah Quinlan's interview with Pymnts.com: Fair Weather Consumer Spending?, Pymnts.com, 05/09/14
Article: Powering up the retail sector – we need an injection of consumer confidence, Retail Gazette, 04/01/14
Video: Is weather to blame for slowing retail sales?, CNBC, 03/14/14
Video: Quinlan: U.K. Consumer Confidence Is Coming Back, Businessweek, 02/10/14
Video: How U.K. Shoppers Are Spending Their Money, Bloomberg TV, 01/07/14
Video: Was it a Merry Christmas for retailers?, Fox Business, 12/27/13