This Article is about Sir John Egan who was responsible for the Egan Report. We are interested in this business manager because of his involvement in creating the Egan report which recommended changes for the construction industry.
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So, the short summary of what follows is that Egan had a long career in the management of existing businesses. You would not call him an entrepreneur. He was instead someone who took up a position within an existing business and excelled at creating and hitting targets.
He was born John Leopold Egan on the 7th November 1939 in Rawtenstall, Lancashire.
His family moved to Coventry and he went to Bablake School, a co-educational Independent school.
Egan went to Imperial College London and studied petroleum engineering.
He worked for Shell in the Middle East from 1962 to 1966.
Egan spent some more time at London Business School whereupon he took up a position with British Leyland, now Ac Delco in 1968.
After British Leyland he moved to Massey Ferguson where he spent four years.
In 1980 his career defining move was when he became chairman of Jaguar Cars.
The business was struggling and Egan became famous for turning the business around eventually selling the business to Ford ten years later.
He was knighted by the Queen of England in June 1986.
After Jaguar, in 1990 Egan moved to become Chief Executive of BAA which held an in effect monopoly of the UK airports.
In 1998 he published the Egan report (Rethinking Construction) and in 2002 a follow up to the Egan report, Accelerating change. In the Egan report, the business manager was very critical of how the construction industry thought of and delivered for the eventual Client.
In 2004 he published the Egan Review of Skills for Sustainable Communities.
Also in 2004 he was appointed chairman of Severn Trent.