Sarah Friar, who hails from Northern Ireland, was named CEO of neighborhood-focused social network Nextdoor in late 2018. Nextdoor expects to go public in late 2021 via a SPAC merger valuing the company at $4.3 billion. Nextdoor is not profitable, but revenue has more than doubled since Friar took over as CEO. Sarah previously spent six years as chief financial officer of payments company Square, and was also an analyst at Goldman Sachs.
Friar serves on the boards of Walmart and messaging firm Slack. After entering a competition, Friar won a scholarship offered by an accounting company named Arthur Andersen and used this to achieve her ME in Metallurgy, Economics and management in 1996 at Oxford University. She continued her studies at Stanford Graduate School of Business where she earned her MBA in 2000.
Year appointed: 2018