The German Franz Cornelsen Bildungsgruppe (Franz Cornelsen Education Group) is a provider of learning services. The group creates and distributes educational materials for a market which extends from pre-school education to vocational training.

Key company developments in 2011 & 1st half year 2012


The group revenue recorded a slight decrease, from 440 million EUR to 429 million EUR in fiscal 2011.

Ownership, mergers & acquisition, internal organization:

Cornelsen Educational Publishing brought together the following brands: Cornelsen Publishing, Cornelsen Experimenta, Cornelsen Scriptor, Duden Schulbuch, Oldenbourg/bsv/Patmos, Verlag an der Ruhr, and Volk und Wissen. Cornelsen Educational Publishing is now the largest department of the Franz Cornselsen Educational Holding.

With the retirement of Dr. Hubertus Schenkel as managing director in December 2011, Dr. Alexander Bob became chairman of the managing board. Additionally, Dr. Hans-Ulrich Daniel and Urban Meister were newly appointed to the board.




For nearly two years, Cornelsen and a number of education publishers are working on a digital platform for school books that will be launched in autumn 2012.

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Note: Figures are based on sales generated in calendar 2011 or—for corporations with a fiscal year—from fiscal 2011. Data are from publicly available sources and include sales of books, journals, and digital products. Because publishing data were unavailable, Pannini and Disney/Hyperion are excluded from the rankings. The listing and publisher profiles were compiled by international publishing consultant Rudiger Wischenbart under the aegis of Livres Hebdo.