Dear Members,

The BIIA Newsletter November I – 2014 Issue is posted on this website.  To download the document click on this link:  BIIA Newsletter November I – 2014 Issue

BIIA welcomes two new members:

Credinform 300 we-find-solutionInformation Agency Credinform ( is one of the leading business information providers in Russia.


WelinkData200WelinkData has built China’s largest supply chain data network because it has one of the world’s leading supply chain collaboration and B2B software.

For further details click on their respective welcome banners on the BIIA home page.

Late Breaking News:

  • What grows, what does not? Rating Agencies are back to double digit growth
  • What grows, what does not? What ails marketing services
  • TransUnion expends alternative data offerings with L2C acquisition

Member News:

  • Experian and FICO bury the hatchet – entering into a new agreement
  • Experian launches Global Data Network in 13 international markets
  • Experian Marketing launches OmniView
  • Experian first half 2014 revenues up 4%
  • Veda New Zealand first to launch passport verification service
  • TransUnion reports Q3 2014 revenues up 13%
  • Expert System and WAND partners in enterprise information management
  • WAND white paper: Building the business case for taxonomy
  • Apptus: Coop Norge launches new e-commerce solutions from Apptus
  • Bisnode acquires remaining minority interest in Bisnode Matchit

Industry News:

  • Happy Birthday to the FICO Score
  • FICO Q4 Fiscal 2014 revenue up 16%
  • Verisk Analytics acquires Dart Consulting Ltd
  • Nielsen acquires Indicus Analytics (India)
  • Bertelsmann’s road to digitization may be long and hard

News from China:

  • Alibaba invests in TV remote application firm
  • Alibaba Q3 2014 revenues up 53.7%
  • Alibaba affiliate obtains approval for private bank
  • Baidu: Solid Q3 growth driven by mobile revenue and operating margin
  • HC International’s nine month revenue up 21%

From the User Corner:

  • ICISA President Tesch: “Key themes for my presidency”

Regulatory News:

  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI) tightens the nose on willful defaulters
  • Regulatory update October 2014

People on the Move:

  • Callcredit appoints Mike Gordon as CEO
  • Harte Hanks announces appointment of new customer interaction executive
  • CRIF Appoints Francesca Fraulo Managing Director of Corporate Ratings

BIIA Needs You!

BIIA needs volunteers!  Please join one of the respective BIIA committees:

  • Regulatory Committee:  
    • Tony Hadley, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy at Experian has stepped forth to volunteer to chair the committee.
    • Dr. Axel Bysikiewicz: Section Manager for Corporate Governance at SCHUFA Holding AG. Germany
    • Joachim C Bartels, Managing Director BIIA

The committee’s immediate task is to develop a charter.  Examine current regulatory issues requiring attention and work on relevant industry positions – engage with regulators on behalf of the membership.  Our industry needs to be transparent vis-à-vis users of information, data subjects, the general public and regulators.

To join the committee: Contact:  Joachim C Bartels at

  • Marketing Committee:
    • Ruth P. Stevens BIIA Director and Committee Chair:  Ruth P. Stevens consults on customer acquisition and retention, teaches marketing at Columbia Business School. BIIA’s contributing editor on the subjects of B2B marketing and eMarketing Strategy.
    • Alex Ford, Marketing Manager Encompass Australia
    • David Knowles, Marketing Director, Creditsafe UK
    • Joachim C Bartels, Managing Director BIIA

To join the committee: Contact:

  • BIIA 10th Anniversary Committee:
    • Committee Chair:  Marc Cochrane, BIIA Director and Managing Director Business Strategies Group, Hong Kong
    • Adrian Ashurst, Managing Director, Worldbox
    • Dan Meder, Vice President, Experian’s Business Information Services
    • Peter Villa, Member of Executive Board of SCHUFA Holding AG, Germany
    • Lawrence Yee,  BIIA Director, Hong Kong
    • Joachim C Bartels, Managing Director BIIA

To join the committee:  Contact Joachim C Bartels at:

We thank our members for their support and contributions to this newsletter.

Best regards
Joachim C Bartels
Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief