Company history

from 1867 to date

A video journey through history


Foundation of the company

Compass-Verlag was founded by Gustav Leonhardt in Vienna.

Gustav Leonhardt later became the secretary general of the Austro-Hungarian National Bank.


Owned by the Hanel family

Compass-Verlag outlasted both world wars in the ownership of the Hanel family


Takeover by the Futter family

In the course of a management buyout Werner and Heide-Lene Futter took over Compass-Verlag.


The company engaged in establishing the Commercial Register database.

Foundation of CMD, the first subsidiary of Compass-Verlag.


Expansion into Eastern Europe

Foundation of more than ten subsidiaries within three years, including HF Data and Better Business Information. Start of the expansion into Eastern Europe with the "CompAlmanach Group".


The new publishing house

After 66 years in the 1st district of Vienna the publishing group moved to a new publishing house in the 14th district.


The start of digitisation

CompNet – Austria's first commercial internet database went online.

Phased sale of investments in Eastern Europe in order to shift the focus back to the Austrian market.


HF Data became a clearing office of the Republic of Austria.


The end of an era

After a three-year interruption the very last Compass volume appeared in book form.


Databases provided exclusively online.


Tradition meets innovation

The Group started financing selected start-ups.


Launch of

HF Data became the market leader among the clearing offices in Austria.


A new pillar

The Compass Group became the owner of the .wien top-level domain

2014 replaced as Austria's strongest B2B platform.

The ZEDHIA online archive went online with more than 1.1 million pages on the history of Austrian economics.


Compass-Verlag celebrated its 150th anniversary with more than 400 guests.


Business Compass

Business Compass became the most comprehensive information product for business information.


The Compass Group moved to its new location:
Schönbrunner Strasse 231
1120 Vienna

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