Company history

from 1867 to date

A video journey through history

1867

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.

1904-1977

Owned by the Hanel family

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

1977

Takeover by the Futter family

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

1983

The company engaged in establishing the Commercial Register database.

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

1989-1992

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".

1993

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.

1995

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.

2002

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

2003

The end of an era

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

2005

Databases provided exclusively online.

2009

Tradition meets innovation

The Group started financing selected start-ups.

2010

Launch of firmenbuchgrundbuch.at

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

2011

A new pillar

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

2014

firmeninfo.at replaced compnet.at 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.

2017

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

2018

Business Compass

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

2020

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

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