GAF has grown from a small satellite remote sensing start-up into a well reputed geo-information service provider. Founded in 1985 by Dr. Rupert Haydn, the Agrar- und Hydrotechnik (AHT) GmbH, and the Wittelsbacher Bavarian Trust Fund, GAF has developed into a European leader with outstanding skills in the geo-information industry. Though being already since 2003 a part of the Telespazio Space Service Grouping, the company still follows its successful strategy of having a flat decision-making hierarchy, lean internal management structures and a quick-to-market strategy.
Dr. Peter Volk (CEO)
Massimo Comparini (Chairman), Dr. Rupert Haydn (Vice-Chairman), Letizia Colucci
GAF AG is constituted as a stock company registered under HRB 140509 at the commercial register of the Munich District Court. Under German stock corporation law, operative management and supervisory functions are strictly separated.
A Telespazio Group Company
The company's shares are not publicly traded and are held by e-GEOS S.p.A., Matera, Italy, a company 80 % controlled by Telespazio S.p.A. with 20 % participation by the Italian Space Agency (ASI). Telespazio is a joint Leonardo (Finmeccanica) S.p.A. (67 %) and Thales S.A. (33 %) company that specializes in delivering services in the satellite technology domains (communications, navigation, earth observation).
Leonardo and Thales are both European corporate groups listed on stock markets and offer high-technology products and services on a global basis. Taken together, the groups have a combined workforce of >109,000 and revenues in excess of 27 billion € (2015 figures).