Jürgen H. Gangoly

CEO/Partner Team Farner

Hard Facts

  • Board Member of the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO)
  • Since 2008 Managing Director of The Skills Group
  • Since 2007 member of the Advisory Board for Public Relations at the Vienna University of Technology
  • 2003 – 2005 lecturer at the University Course for Public Relations, University of Vienna
  • 2000 co-founded PR agency The Skills Group through a merger of Skills in Public Relations with Short Cut Digital Media; Managing Partner of The Skills Group
  • 1997 co-founded Short Cut Digital Media together with Stefan Sengl (formerly Bachleitner) and Edward Strasser; at the same time joined Skills in Public Relations as Account Manager
  • 1997 co-founded the Austrian Institute for Applied Telecommunications (ÖIAT), since then volunteer project manager for various IT projects
  • 1993 – 1997 project manager in various institutions of the European Union and the Council of Europe in Brussels and Strasbourg, entrusted, among other things, with education and training programmes in Central and Eastern Europe
  • 1989 – 1993 international youth and social work, project manager, public relations for non-profit organisations
  • Publications and collaboration on publications in the IT field, including:
    • “What is the Internet? A Guide to the World of Telecommunications” (1997)
    • “Electronic Commerce – how SMEs can make themselves fit for the Internet” (1998)
    • Technology Funding in Austria (1999)
    • spam://e-mail-advertising – the fine line between legitimate advertising and prohibited spamming (2004)

Fun Facts

Leadership is simply in some people’s (Jür)genes. As for those who now resign themselves to being at a disadvantage due to fate, we’ll talk them out of it right away: because in order to be a Managing Director at Skills, you not only have to have skills, you also have to develop and train them regularly. “JHG” started early – and never stopped. Soon after his apprenticeship as a carpenter, he applied his wood plane to political youth work (including at the European Youth Council, the Council of Europe, the EU) and to social work, became the manager of a student hostel and even set the tone as a DJ. Today our “Monsieur 100,000 Volt” is not only the multiple (co-)founder of projects and initiatives (e.g. Internet Ombudsman, E-Commerce Quality Mark, Innovation in Politics Institute, AgencyExperts, Respekt.net), but also a sought-after PR expert who is engaged in international industry associations. Involved in the volunteer fire brigade since childhood, he later even became Austria’s youngest fire chief. Today, he is still called upon by staff and customers alike when there is a “fire”. And as an expert in crisis prevention and crisis communication, he is really “always ready”. He also dives professionally, as a passionate marine conservationist and underwater photographer. Rumour has it, however, that he even surfaces from a depth of 30 metres when his mobile phone rings. Book author, lecturer, chairman of the Guntramsdorf Concentration Camp Memorial Association, researcher and networker in the field of education and sustainability, initiator of a virtual Heurigen wine tavern … somehow Jürgen’s day seems to have more hours than other people’s. But: the timetable according to JHG works out.

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