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Bisnode Announces the Closing of WerLiefertWas (WLW) Divestment

Bisnode sold WLW to the private equity firm Paragon Partners. WLW, which offers online search services for companies, has a leading market position in the German-speaking countries.  The company, founded in 1932, has around 200 employees and is headquartered in Hamburg. Bisnode acquired WLW in 2008 and in 2010 the company posted revenue of EUR 31.1 million. Source: Bisnode Press ... Read More »

EuroContactPool Launched by Bisnode

Bisnode has now launched the B2B database EuroContactPool on the European market and can thereby meet rising demand from multinational corporations for pan-European market information.  By launching the product across all of the Group’s European countries, Bisnode can enhance its total offering by combining local expertise with its international strength. EuroContactPool, ECP, is one of Europe’s fastest growing and most ... Read More »

After the “Go-Go Days” Part 4 Business Information – The Current State of Play

BIIA has asked Phil Cotter, an expert in the consumer and commercial credit information industry and BIIA’s newest contributing staff writer, to express his views about the shape of the credit information industry post financial crisis and how the major players intend to grow their business. Part three was published in recently in the BIIA News Section on www.biia.com and ... Read More »

Bisnode Divests ONE Audit of Lundalogik (Norway)

Bisnode has signed an agreement to sell an operating unit within Lundalogik that is not consistent with the company’s core operations.  The unit is ONE Audit, a niched operating unit and product within Lundalogik that is focused on web-based tools for time reporting, document management, budgeting and invoicing for the auditing industry. The unit has four employees and annual revenue ... Read More »

Bisnode Strengthens Core Business in Nordic Region

Bisnode is following its strategy to streamline and focus on its core business. The market position in Denmark is being strengthened through the acquisition of 51 per cent of the shares in InfoDirekt AS, a leading provider of services for consumer marketing. InfoDirekt helps companies in Denmark to find, maintain and develop their customer relationships by offering effective marketing information ... Read More »

Bisnode Signs Agreement to Sell German Subsidiary WLW

Ratos’s subsidiary Bisnode has signed an agreement to sell the company “Wer liefert Was?”(WLW) in Austria, Germany and Switzerland to the German private equity company Paragon Partners. This divestment is part of Bisnode’s strategy to focus on growth and development of the core business. The selling price amounts to EUR 79m (approx. SEK 710m) and is expected to generate a ... Read More »

BISNODE Appoints Lars Pettersson as CEO

Lars Pettersson has been appointed as the new President and CEO of Bisnode. Lars is currently Managing Director of the IT company Atea’s Swedish operations and a member of Bisnode’s board of directors. Lars Pettersson has wide-ranging experience from the IT industry and comes more recently from Atea, a market-leading supplier of systems integrations in the Nordic and Baltic regions, ... Read More »

BISNODE’s German Subsidiary Hoppenstedt Launches Hoppenstedt360

Hoppenstedt360 has been launched to meet the need for services in the domestic credit information market segment.  Hoppenstedt360 targets German companies with tightly integrated IT and corporate processes, and helps these companies to achieve integrated credit checks within their ERP or CRM systems. Hoppenstedt360 offers its products under the brand of “Lift360”. Lift360 Connect is e.g. add-in software for SAP. ... Read More »

Management Changes at BISNODE: Johan Wall Resigns; Fredrik Åkerman Appointed acting CEO

Johan Wall leaves his position as CEO of Bisnode. Fredrik Åkerman, Business Area Director and CFO of Bisnode, has been appointed to serve as acting CEO until a replacement has been installed. Håkan Ramsin, Chairman of the Board of Bisnode, comments: “During his three years as CEO, Johan has successfully implemented a new business plan and strategy, and has carried ... Read More »

BISNODE Appoints Eckhard Geulen as Regional Director Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Eckhard Geulen has taken over as Regional Director DACH at Bisnode, the leading provider of digital business information in Europe, effective September 1, 2011. Geulen is responsible for leading Bisnode’s business operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and to continue the group’s growth path in this region.  Eckhard Geulen has a long-term experience from telecommunication and internet based businesses and ... Read More »

New Board of Directors at Bisnode

The General Meeting on May 4 2011 elected a new Board of Directors for Bisnode. Håkan Ramsin was elected Chairman for the sixth consecutive year and was once again entrusted with leading the Board of Bisnode. Carl Wilhelm Ros, Henrik Joelsson and Jonas Nyrén were re-elected and four new members were added to the Board; Ingrid Engström, Andreas Schönenberger, Jochen ... Read More »

Bisnode Acquired Remaining Minority Holding in Business Check

Bisnode has exercised its option to acquire the remaining minority holding of 49 per cent in Business Check AB, a supplier of credit solutions in Sweden. Through the acquisition, Bisnode is following its strategy to operate through wholly owned companies with good growth potential. Together with the entrepreneur Jan Erik Windström, Bisnode launched Business Check in 2004 with a segmented ... Read More »

BISNODE’s “Wer liefert was?” is first the B2B provider to leverage crowdsourcing

Users of Europe’s leading supplier search engine can now actively contribute their knowledge about changed company data by using the function “Change company entry”. With this, they can help other users as well. With this new functionality, “Wer liefert was?” is the first supplier in a B2B environment to implement an innovative crowdsourcing technology. It supports users to actively contribute their personal ... Read More »