A network comprising around 250 Industrial Advisors who are current or former business executives or entrepreneurs of major international corporations and successful companies, in a variety of industries.
The industrial network is a key competitive advantage for EQT that adds tremendous value to the portfolio companies. The network consist of around 250 independent Industrial Advisors who are established business leaders with experience from different industries and regions from around the world. The industrial network also includes entrepreneurs and former politicians – all contributing skills relevant to the various investment and ownership phases. They are an integral part of EQT's business model and the industrial approach, providing competence from operational and strategic issues in their fields of expertise.
A differentiator in driving change
The Industrial Advisors are true differentiators in driving change, performance and growth in the portfolio companies and are also strategically important when sourcing and analyzing potential investments. During EQT's ownership, the Industrial Advisors provide a vital source of competence to the portfolio companies by supporting their strategic, operational and financial development as board members. As a majority of EQT's Industrial Advisors have been part of the industrial network for many years, and several have served as CEOs or board members of EQT portfolio companies before, they have accumulated experience of helping companies grow through the EQT corporate governance model.
EQT holds regular industrial network meetings, providing a forum for broad knowledge-sharing and professional development as well as ensuring that the Industrial Advisors and the Investment Advisory teams act in unison with EQT’s investment objectives and principals.
The Industrial Advisors are evaluated on a continuous basis, and new advisors are added to the network when required, to ensure that relevant knowledge and competencies are available. Potential network members are usually invited to serve on the Board of Directors of a portfolio company or to act as consultants in investment projects. This interaction with existing network members gives the potential member an opportunity to become familiar with the EQT corporate governance model and simultaneously allows EQT to assess how the potential network member deals with “live” issues.