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About EGN

  • What is EGN?

    EGN, Executives’ Global Network is a privately-owned, independent peer group organisation with headquarters in Denmark and peer groups in 15 countries worldwide.

    Since 1992, EGN has provided tailored peer groups for business leaders and specialists.

    Through business relationships and experience-sharing in a confidential setting, we strive to create personal, professional and business value for our members.

    What started as one man’s vision in 1992, is today a global network with 14,000 members, representing more than 8,000 companies and 70 professions. A trusted, worldwide network of peers with a shared ambition of making each other better - every day.

  • Who is behind EGN?

    EGN, Executives’ Global Network was founded in 1992 in Svendborg, Denmark, by Jeanette and Jørgen Galsgaard. As a CFO, Jørgen Galsgaard found himself in a situation with a shortage of peers whom he could ask for advice. This prompted him to start a professional peer group network for Financial and Accounting Officers.

    In 1996, the first peer group for IT Managers was established and in the following years, the professional range of the network grew to include executives and specialists from Logistics, Purchasing, Sales & Marketing and General Management.

    In 2004, businessman Jens Erik Karlskov Jensen came on board as co-owner and Chair.  

    In 2008, the first peer group launched in Sweden - thus establishing the second node in our global network. Later that year, Norway and Singapore were added and in the following years, EGN Group expanded significantly, especially in Europe and Asia, bringing us to where we are today.

    From the very beginning, the objective has been to help people and companies grow through business relationships and experience sharing in a confidential setting.

    In 2014 Jørgen Galsgaard and Jens Erik Karlskov Jensen withdrew from the day-to-day management but they still play an active role in the board of directors, of which Jens Erik Karlskov Jensen is Chairman.

  • What kind of products or services does EGN offer?

    Since 1992, EGN has provided tailored peer groups for business leaders and specialists.

    Through business relationships and experience sharing in confidential settings, we strive to create personal, professional and business value for our members.

    What started as one man’s vision in 1992, today is a global network of 14,000 members in 15 countries, representing more than 8,000 companies and 70 professions. A trusted, worldwide network of peers with a shared ambition of making each other better - every day

About the peer group network

  • How does the peer group network work?

    With the support of a professional network, you get the opportunity to exchange experience on a high professional level, strengthen and develop your own skills within management and specialised areas.

    As a member of EGN, you get direct access to Top Executives, Business Leaders and Specialists in most parts of the world via our online Members’ Universe where you can ask questions, join debates and network with more than 14,000 other members.

    Your personal EGN group represents a confidential forum where all ideas and challenges can be discussed with peers at your own, professional level. To ensure confidentiality, no competitors or significant customer relationships are allowed in the same group.

    All our peer groups are managed by a professional and experienced EGN Chair, who facilitates and mentors the peer groups, ensures output both at and between meetings and focuses on your professional and managerial development.

    We also offer events and seminars, networking tours, a Between Jobs Scheme, mentoring programmes, CEO coaching and much more.

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  • How do I become a member?

    You can apply for membership by filling out this form

    When we have received your application, you will be contacted by a Network Advisor for a more in-depth interview to find the right peer group for your managerial level and/or professional need.

    All candidates must be approved by both the Chair and specific peer group members before joining a group. This is done both to match relevant peers and also to avoid private friends, customer relationships and competitors being placed together in the same network group and to help facilitate honest and fruitful discussions.

  • How much time does a membership require?

    An EGN Membership is not to be considered a break from daily business life. On the contrary, our worldwide network members have a shared ambition of making each other better every day.

    That is why we are focused on business issues and your continuous personal and professional growth in all we do. And that is why we have 14,000 members worldwide, who insist on making time to attend group meetings and events during the year and to support each other via our Members’ Universe in between.

    Many of our members find that the time they invest in the network is more than amply rewarded as they become more efficient leaders.   

  • How much does a membership cost?

    An EGN membership varies in price, depending on your locality, seniority and the specific benefits applied to the EGN group.

    Our Network Advisors can help you find the right group based on your managerial level and professional needs.  

    Enter your contact info here and one of our Network Advisors will get back to you.

  • Can we share a membership?

    As our networks build on personal business relationships and experience-sharing in a confidential setting, the membership is personal and cannot be shared.

  • Can I test a peer group?

    All candidates must be approved by both the Chair and specific peer group members before joining a group. This is done both to match relevant peers and also to avoid private friends, customer relationships and competitors being placed together in the same network group and to help facilitate honest and fruitful discussions.

    For this reason, it is not possible to test a peer group, as such.

    During the year, however, we have introductory meetings where you will get the opportunity to gain an insight into the network. Contact us to find out when the next meeting is or keep an eye on our event calendar. 

  • Why doesn’t EGN admit consultants?

    EGN is an independent network with a focus on creating personal, professional and business value for our peers through business relationships and experience-sharing in a confidential setting.

    Therefore, we do not admit consultants or accept sales pitches within the network.

EGN groups

  • How are you matching peers?

    The EGN groups consists of 20-25 executives or specialists at your own level. Our experienced Network Advisors are constantly working to ensure the perfect match in the groups.

    Our peer groups are carefully composed according to members’ profiles, which both ensures adequate input from professionals who match your level of management and discipline and that you are not placed in a group of competitors or significant customers.

    All candidates must be approved by both the Chair and specific peer group members before joining a group. This, both to match relevant peers and to avoid private friends, customer relationships and competitors in the same network group to stimulate honest and fruitful discussions.

  • How do you enrol new members?

    You can apply for membership by filling out this form

    When we have received your application, you will be contacted by a Network Advisor for a more in-depth interview to find the right peer group for your managerial level and/or professional need.

    All candidates must be approved by both the Chair and specific peer group members before joining a group. This is done both to match relevant peers and to avoid private friends, customer relationships and competitors being placed together in the same network group and to help facilitate honest and fruitful discussions.

  • Who leads the peer groups?

    All our peer groups are managed by a professional and experienced EGN Chair, who facilitates and mentors the network groups, ensures output both at and between meetings and focuses on your professional and managerial development.

    Many of our Chairs come from leading positions in business that match the professional area of the peer groups they manage.

    The most experienced EGN Chairs have been certified with the EGN Chair Certificate.

  • How do group meetings work and which topics are discussed?

    The peer group members decide the strategic ambition for the group and the themes individually, thus picking up on current trends or issues that the members face in their business life. ‘Around the table’ sessions provide all group members with an opportunity for a ‘peer group touch’ upon current issues, while more serious matters are allocated extra time for co-coaching within the group.

    Information is shared within the group on the basis of a high degree of confidentiality, trust and mutual respect.

    External speakers are invited from time to time when the peer group wants an outside view on a particular matter. Often, peer groups within a given professional area invite guest speakers for joint networking seminars.

  • How many times a year do groups meet?

    The face-to-face meetings differ from group-to-group and profession-to-profession. Most EGN groups meet 4-6 times per year.

    Besides the meetings in the peer groups, some of our network members meet for events and seminars over the year, while others travel together.

    In between meetings, all our 14,000 members worldwide connect and support each other via our Members’ Universe.

  • What is EGNs Members’ Universe?

    Our Members’ Universe is an online community of 14,000 professionals worldwide, and features a global query function, in-app messaging, virtual EGN groups, a major e-book library with approx. 200 titles.

    Members get exclusive access to free expert knowledge as well as tools to equip them in relevant management areas, such as strategy and business development, innovation, marketing, communications, human resources, and much more.

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