New York, New York; October 11, 2016 — GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc.), announced today that its global membership of leading professionals and thought leaders now includes more than 500,000 experts, making it the largest of its kind. The experts, known as “Council Members,” include U.S. and global policy specialists, economic advisers, academics, scientists, physicians, former C-level executives, and professional leaders of all kinds. GLG turns first to this base of expertise to deliver timely insight to clients, in addition to recruiting new Council Members for unique client inquiries. GLG now recruits more than 500 new Council Members to its membership weekly, largely in response to individual client requests, yielding approximately 30,000 new Members annually.
“Our mission is to transform the way the world’s top professionals share expertise, learn, and make decisions, and this unparalleled group of leading thinkers and doers makes that mission possible,” said GLG CEO Alexander Saint-Amand. “We’re honored that more professionals choose to affiliate with GLG than with anyone else. Having the biggest available network means we can be faster and more responsive. That, combined with our commitment to delivering the right expertise for every question, makes GLG an essential resource for our clients as they tackle critical strategic and operational questions.”
GLG was founded in 1998 to serve professionals who needed perspective that couldn’t be found in one-size-fits-all industry reports. It began connecting clients with smart people who had firsthand expertise or operational experience. Today, GLG serves the world’s leading investors, entrepreneurs, corporations, consulting firms, nonprofits, and startups. Clients partner with GLG to address their most complex strategic challenges, make better business decisions, and advance their careers through conversations, mentorships, small group convenings, surveys, and other interactions – all within GLG’s rigorous compliance framework. The company recently opened expanded offices in Austin, London, and Boston as it continues rapid employee and revenue growth in 2016.
GLG requires Council Members to sign its Terms and Conditions of Council Membership, by which they agree to adhere to GLG’s strict compliance standards. Each Council Member is also required to complete an interactive compliance tutorial. The tutorial is sector-specific, contains internal branching for certain questions, and is available in 20 languages. Among other things, the tutorial sensitizes Council Members to their confidentiality obligations and the importance of observing those obligations.
More information about GLG Council Members
GLG has Council Members in more than 200 countries around the world, and in the following regions:
- North America: 274,000+ members
- Europe, Middle East, & Africa: 117,000+ members
- Asia-Pacific: 95,000+ members
- Latin America: 14,000+ members
Council Members are organized by their specialties into eight “Councils,” as follows:
- Healthcare: 110,000+ members
- Technology, Media, & Telecommunications: 100,000+ members
- Energy & Industrials: 95,000+ members
- Consumer Goods & Services: 90,000+ members
- Financial & Business Services: 60,000+ members
- Legal, Economic, & Regulatory Affairs: 20,000+ members
- Real Estate: 16,000+ members
- Accounting & Financial Analysis: 9,000+ members
GLG’s 500,000+ Council Members include more than 10,000 former C-suite executives from companies with annual sales over $100M, including more than 1,000 from the Fortune 500 and/or FT Global 500.
GLG recently launched an online video series called Expertise at GLG, to showcase a small sampling of the expertise available to GLG’s clients. In the series, more than 75 GLG Council Members and other s offer insight on their fields. New videos are available each week at GLG.it/videos. Highlights so far include Kathleen Sebelius, the former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and Governor of Kansas, on the future of U.S. healthcare; Jean-Claude Piris, the former senior European Union legal official, on the EU’s needed reforms; George Bodenheimer, former President and Executive Chairman of ESPN, on the place of sports in the cable bundle; Dana Fiser, former CEO and COO of Jenny Craig, on coming opportunities in the weight loss industry; and Jeff Kindler, former Chairman & CEO of Pfizer, on drug costs and research investments.
GLG’s website also hosts a videos series, Leading Learners, which features GLG clients sharing how they learn in their work, including from GLG’s Council Members. Those videos are available at GLG.it/videos/leading-learners and include Dyan Finkhousen of GE, Andrew MacLachlan of Calty Design Research / Toyota Motor Corporation, and Karen Sanders of Cisco, among others.
About GLG / Gerson Lehrman Group
GLG is the world’s leading platform for professional learning. Business leaders, investors, consultants, social entrepreneurs, and other top professionals rely on GLG to learn in short- and long-term engagements from more than 500,000 members and other experts. Clients partner with GLG to address their most complex strategic challenges, make better business decisions, and advance their careers through conversations, mentorships, small group convenings, surveys, and other interactions—all within a rigorous compliance framework. Global, technology-driven, and nimble, GLG’s approximately 1,200 employees work in 22 offices in 12 countries. For more information visit www.GLG.it.