We have been inundated with reader requests to present some more data on just who these suddenly infamous "expert networks" are. Below we present what is arguably the world's largest expert network, the Gerson Lehrman Group, which boasts a roster of over 200,000 expert consultants in its network. Access to GLG is typically confined to ultra high net worth clients, read hedge funds, who can afford to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars per quarter, and comp the company's consultant to the tune of between $250 and $1,000 per hour, which is why so many readers may have never heard of GLG and its comparable companies.
Those who may wish to get access to the same healthcare experts (many of whom may or may not be privy to FDA drug approval milestones, ahem), can do so here: GLG openly lists it entire expert network: link.
Other verticals provided by GLG include:
- Accounting and Financial Analysis
- Consumer Goods and Services
- Energy and Industrials
- Financial and Business Services
- Legal, Economic and Regulatory Affairs (this one will be very closely watched)
- Real Estate
- Tech, Media and Telecom
And that's just the beginning: GLG advertizes over 200,000 "consultants" in its network, and 300 people who are involved in expert recruiting every day.
Below is the ever critical "About Us" Section:
About Gerson Lehrman Group
Intelligently connecting institutions and expertise.
Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) is the global marketplace for expertise.
Since 1998, its technology-enabled platform for collaboration and
consultation has helped the world's leading institutions find, engage,
and manage experts across a broad range of industries and disciplines.
Gerson Lehrman Group Councils are
networks of consultants, physicians, scientists, engineers, attorneys,
market researchers, and other professionals from around the world.
Council Members leverage GLG's sophisticated proprietary systems to
categorize their experience and expertise. GLG research professionals
use these systems to quickly provide relevant Council Members who can
help clients better understand products, services, companies, issues,
GLG professionals in the United States, Europe, and
Asia are continuously expanding the GLG Councils, adding thousands of
new Council Members each month. Research professionals around the world
recruit in 14 languages.
Focused and Independent
Gerson Lehrman Group focuses
exclusively on providing a platform for consultation and collaboration.
GLG does not write reports or take published positions, make product
recommendations or offer investment advice.
Mark Gerson, Executive Chairman
Mark Gerson is the Executive
Chairman of Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), which he co-founded in 1998. A
graduate of Williams College and Yale Law School, Mark is also the
author of several books and numerous articles and essays. His work has
been published by the Free Press, Addison Wesley and Madison Books, and
in newspapers and magazines including The New Republic, Reader's Digest,
USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. Mark currently serves on the
boards of the American Friends of the IDC, Manhattan Institute, Yale
Chai Society, and Imentor.
Mike Bingle joined Silver Lake
Partners in 2000. He is a Managing Director and co-head of North
America. Mr. Bingle has significant experience in private equity,
technology investing, and large-scale mergers and acquisitions. Prior to
joining Silver Lake, Mr. Bingle was a principal at Apollo Management,
L.P., where he evaluated, executed, and harvested a wide variety of
private equity investments. Before Apollo, he worked as an investment
banker in the Leveraged Finance Group of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr.
Bingle currently serves on the corporate boards of Gartner, Inc., IPC
Systems, Inc. and The Gerson Lehrman Group. He's also a Term Member of
the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of Visitors for
Duke Universitys School of Engineering, as well as the External
Advisory Board of McKinsey & Company. Previously Mr. Bingle was a
director of Ameritrade Holding Corp., Datek Online Holdings, Inc. and
Instinet, Inc. He holds a B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke
A private investor, Mr. Duff was
formerly a Senior Managing Director and a member of the Management
Committee at Tiger Management. Prior to joining Tiger in 1989, Mr. Duff
worked in asset management at Mitchell Hutchins and Capital Builders
Advisory Services. A Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered
Financial Analyst, Mr. Duff has a B.S. from Lehigh University and a
M.B.A. from the Columbia Graduate School of Business. Among his
philanthropic endeavors is participation on the advisory board of the
Association to Benefit Children.
John Goldsmith is an investor in
early-stage and growth companies. Through the end of 1999 he was a
partner of AEA Investors Inc., which he joined in 1989. While at AEA,
Mr. Goldsmith was involved in all aspects of the investment management
process including identifying, evaluating, negotiating, and financing
attractive businesses, and working with their managements to plan and
achieve their goals. During this period the AEA team generated net
returns to investors of approximately 50% on over one billion dollars of
equity. Mr. Goldsmith is a CPA (inactive), received an MBA in finance
from NYU's Stern School of Business and graduated from Princeton
Lewis E. Lehrman
Lewis E. Lehrman, co-founder of the
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, is a partner in L.E.
Lehrman & Co. A former candidate for governor of New York, he has
been a trustee of the American Enterprise Institute, the Morgan Library,
and the Heritage Foundation. He is former Chairman of the Committee on
Humanities of the Yale University Council and served as Visiting
Lecturer in American History at Gettysburg College.
Thomas D. Lehrman
Thomas D. Lehrman most recently
served as the Director of the Office of WMD Terrorism at the U.S.
Department of State and previously as a member of the professional staff
on the Presidents WMD Commission. He is a co-founder and former
co-Chief Executive Officer of Gerson Lehrman Group and earlier in his
career worked as a financial analyst at Tiger Management. He is also
co-founder and board member of the Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School and
the Hillhouse Scholars Program. Mr. Lehrman is a Chartered Financial
Analyst and graduated from Duke University and from Yale Law School.
Doug Mack was named CEO of One
Kings Lane in 2010 and was previously CEO and co-founder of Scene7, the
leading rich media platform provider for the e-commerce industry. As
CEO, Mack attracted numerous investors and completed the successful sale
of Scene7 to Adobe Systems in May 2007. Mack then joined the executive
team at Adobe where his most recent role was vice president and general
manager of digital imaging and dynamic media. In this role, he provided
leadership over flagship properties such as Adobe Photoshop® and Adobe
Flash Media®. Mack was also a consultant with McKinsey & Company and
began his career with General Electric.
Mr. Nicoll is the former CEO of
Instinet and Datek and the former President of Waterhouse Securities.
Mr. Nicoll is the first person in the modern era to have graduated Yale
Law School without having gone to college. He is a Trustee of the
Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey.
Mr. Patterson joined Silver Lake
Partners in 2005 and is a Director. Prior to joining Silver Lake, he
worked at General Atlantic Partners and at GF-X, provider of the leading
air cargo distribution system, where he was a member of the founding
management team and held the roles of Senior Vice President Asia Pacific
and Product Development Director. Prior to GF-X, he was a Managing
Director of BMC, a subsidiary of the Financial Times newspaper, and a
management consultant at McKinsey & Company. He serves on the boards
of Skype and Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc., and is the Chairman of the
Prince's Trust Internet and Media Leadership Group. Mr. Patterson holds
an M.A. from King's College, Cambridge University and an M.B.A. from the
Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay
Miller Scholar and was presented with the Alexander Robichek Award for
Achievement in Finance.
Alexander Saint-Amand is Chief
Executive Officer at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG). Before joining GLG at
its inception, he worked for Bloomberg LP in New York and Frankfurt.
Alexander is a graduate of the University of Virginia.
Rob Stavis is a General Partner in
Bessemer Venture Partner's Larchmont, New York office. He primarily
focuses on early-stage investments in financial services and in emerging
software technologies. Mr. Stavis is currently involved with Gerson
Lehrman Group, Portrait Software (formerly AIT Group, LSE-AIM: PST),
Zopa, Revver, Pure Networks, and Quadriserv. His exited investments
include SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee), PRE Solutions (acquired by
Incomm), LifeHarbor (acquired by Vestmark) and Skype Technologies
(purchased by E-bay in 2005), where Mr. Stavis led the A round. Prior to
joining Bessemer, Mr. Stavis was a private equity investor, managing a
portfolio of interests in a variety of industries including
telecommunications, software, technology, gaming, and restaurants. Until
July of 1998, he was the co-head of global arbitrage trading for
Salomon Smith Barney. Mr. Stavis served as a member of the firm's
operating committee, risk management committee, and the control and
compliance committee. He has published numerous articles on derivatives
pricing and risk management. Mr. Stavis holds degrees from the
Engineering School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton
School of Management.