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Company History

The history of Information for Good®.

Our 10,000+ global associates are dedicated to continuing and evolving TransUnion’s legacy as global information and insights company that makes trust possible, so businesses and consumers can transact with confidence and achieve great things.

Here is a snapshot of that legacy….


TransUnion named Chris Cartwright our new Chief Executive Officer, beginning a new chapter of innovation and growth. Cartwright joined the company in 2013 and served as our President of U.S. Information Services (USIS) prior to his appointment.


We celebrated our anniversary – 50 years of Information for Good!

In very busy year, TransUnion also acquired Callcredit, the second largest and fastest-growing consumer credit reporting agency in the U.K. The acquisition significantly expanded our international footprint.


TransUnion completed “Project Spark,” transitioning our global information off the mainframe.

June 25, 2015

TransUnion rang the NYSE Opening Bell® to commemorate the company’s initial public offering and first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. TransUnion trades on the NYSE under the ticker symbol “TRU.”

January 5, 2015

TransUnion refreshed our brand image and promise with one goal in mind: to better reflect our mission of empowering smarter decisions and creating better lives through the use of Information for Good.

December 2012

TransUnion named Jim Peck our Chief Executive Officer, ushering in a period of marked evolution and growth. Under his leadership, we evolved into a diversified, fast growing global information company intensely focused on consumer and market needs, with a global operating model and a culture of innovation.


TransUnion entered the direct-to-consumer market with the acquisition of in 2002. Today we help millions of global consumers protect and improve their credit through easy-to-use online services.


Throughout the 1990s and toward the turn of the millennium, we extended operations beyond the credit reporting industry and business-to-business offerings. We strengthened our analytics and decisioning capabilities by acquiring one of the most powerful technologies for high-volume, individual-level decisions.

1970s and 1980s

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, we continued to expand our facilities and capabilities through investments in technology, strategic growth and acquisitions. In 1988, we achieved full coverage in the United States, maintaining and updating information on virtually every market-active consumer in the country.


In 1968, the Union Tank Car Company, a railcar leasing operation, created TransUnion as its parent holding company. In 1969, we recognized an opportunity to grow a new business using our technical expertise. We acquired the Credit Bureau of Cook County (CBCC), which manually maintained 3.6 million card files in 400 seven-drawer cabinets. Soon after the acquisition of CBCC, we became the first company in the credit reporting industry to replace accounts receivable data with automated tape-to-disc transfer, drastically cutting the time and cost to update consumer files. Early in our history, we recognized the enormous benefits and opportunities that a national, online information system would offer American consumers, and responded with the first online information storage and retrieval data processing system. This system provided credit grantors across the country with one source for fast and valuable consumer credit information.

Over the next 50 years and more, we grew to become one of the world's leading global information and insights companies, serving over 30 countries on five continents.