How ELN got started

ELN was founded based on the individual experiences of its four founding members, Dr. Stephan Fröhlich, Dr. Klaus Hinst, Uli Hage and Christoph Lauterburg. In the 80’s and 90’s, they were managers and executive coaches in privately-owned companies and corporations.


Dr. Stephan Fröhlich Uli Hage Dr. Klaus Hinst
Dr. Stephan Froehlich Ulrich Hage Dr. Klaus Hinst


The ELN model was derived from various elements of their career experiences: one’s own professional supervision, supervision of colleagues, individual coaching of board members, facilitation of team development in various executive committees, inside company learning groups, which were started in the context of managing the process of change and in the conception and administration of extra-occupational seminars for change management.

In the mid-nineties, the Swiss Leadership Network (peer coaching teams for top Swiss executives) was founded as a first step.

In the year 2000, the build-up of an international and inter-branch network was started. This led in the following year to the foundation of ELN and the start of six peer coaching teams, consisting of carefully selected executives from the first and second management level.