In 1979, programmer Jürgen Gelf started selling used mainframe computers. His specialist product and market knowledge allowed him to remarket IT equipment repeatedly, and he soon began leasing it too. Leasing was still a new concept in Germany at the time, but it soon became the core business of CHG Computer-Handels-Gesellschaft mbH.
Computer technology changed at the end of the 1980s, when personal computers started to take over from mainframes. CHG adapted to the new requirements and supported its customers through the transformation of their systems. In the years following Jürgen Mossakowski’s appointment as CEO, the company expanded into consultancy and service provision, such as lifecycle, investment, and innovation planning or the installation and maintenance of equipment.
In the mid-1990s, several acquisitions accelerated CHG’s growth and this, combined with a restructuring drive, allowed CHG to evolve from a company focusing on southern Germany into the nationwide CHG‑MERIDIAN AG. In 2000, the company started expanding internationally, with foreign subsidiaries established in the United Kingdom and Austria. These were quickly followed by subsidiaries in the USA, Ireland, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Russia, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. In 2018, CHG-MERIDIAN opened offices in Australia and New Zealand, and now has operations in more than 28 countries. Alongside IT, the technology sectors industry, medical equipment, and industrial capital equipment – for example car body assembly lines – were added to the CHG-MERIDIAN Group portfolio in 2004.
After more than 18 years as Chairman of the Board of Management, Jürgen Mossakowski joined the Supervisory Board in 2017. He was succeeded by Dr. Mathias Wagner. All global sales activities have been brought together under Board of Management member Frank Kottmann. Oliver Schorer has taken over the newly created IT and Services remit. Joachim Schulz initially remained Chief Financial Officer.
In 2019, after 23 years with the company, Joachim Schulz left the CHG-MERIDIAN Group at his own request. He was succeeded by Ulrich Bergmann, who took over the role of Chief Financial Officer on March 2, 2020.
Jürgen Gelf founds CHG Computer-Handels-Gesellschaft mbH in Berg near Ravensburg.
CHG supports customers through the switch from mainframes to decentralized systems.
CHG-MERIDIAN expands its activities to the whole of Germany through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions. The company has been expanding internationally since 2000.
CHG MERIDIAN moves into technology management in industry, healthcare technology, and industrial manufacturing.
CHG MERIDIAN’s data erasure processes are the first in Germany to be certified by TÜV.
CHG MERIDIAN offers its customers a standardized, environmentally friendly, and socially responsible re-use concept for pre-owned IT hardware, where the emphasis is on remarketing.
CHG MERIDIAN operates in 27 countries around the world. It promotes paperless internal and external management of processes through its ‘modern workplace’ concept.
We have a tradition of growing with our tasks, our experience and, of course, with our customers. At the same time, we are always aware of where we come from – and where we want to be.