|Publicly traded Aktieselskab|
|Traded as||Nasdaq Copenhagen: WDH|
|Niels B. Christiansen (Chairman), Søren Nielsen (President and CEO)|
|Products||Hearing aids, audiometric equipment|
|Revenue||DKK 13.189 billion (2017)|
|DKK 2.338 billion (2017)|
|DKK 1.759 billion (2017)|
|Total assets||DKK 16.222 billion (end 2017)|
|Total equity||DKK 7.433 billion (end 2017)|
Number of employees
|13 280 (average, 2017)|
The Demant Group was founded in 1904 by Hans Demant, under the name Oticon. After his death in 1910, his son William Demant took over.
During World War II, Oticon started its own production due to the scarcity of goods from other countries.
In 1957, William and his wife Ida Emilie donated the Demant family's shares in the company to the Oticon Foundation which is today called The William Demant Foundation. The Foundation's general aim is charity with particular emphasis on helping people with a hearing impairment and today the Oticon Foundation is the main shareholder in William Demant Holding A/S with a holding of app. 61%.
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During the 1990s the company expanded further, buying the Swiss hearing aid manufacturer Bernafon, Phonic Ear, the headset manufacturer DanaCom and Interacoustics.
In 1995 the company was listed at the Copenhagen Stock Exchange.
In 1997 it was decided to change the name of the parent company from Oticon Holding A/S to William Demant Holding A/S because it was considered disadvantageous to use the same name, both for the Group, and for one of its businesses. Further in 2019 William Demant Holding A/S changed it's name to Demant A/S
In February 2017 it was announced that former President & CEO Niels Jacobsen would step down after 25 years in charge of the company. Instead he would become CEO of William Demant Invest A/S
Today the company focuses on three separate business units:
- Hearing Aids
- Oticon, Bernafon, Sonic Innovations, Neurelec (cochlear implants) and Oticon Medical (Bone anchored hearing aids)
- Diagnostic Instruments
- Maico Diagnostics, Interacoustics, Amplivox, Grason-Stadler, and MedRx, Inc.
- Personal Communication
- Phonic Ear, Sennheiser Communications
- Instrument Dealers
- Gordon Stowe & Associates Inc., Northeastern Technologies Group Inc., Midlantic Technologies Group Inc.
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