Prof. Dr. Helmut Rödl has died at the age of 81.  He was a Managing Partner of Creditreform in Koblenz-Neuwied, member of the Supervisory Board of Creditreform AG and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Creditreform Rating AG.  

Prof. Dr. Helmut Rödl was born on 20 July 1939 in Klagenfurt, Austria.  He studied law and business administration in Cologne and Vienna. In 1967 he received his doctorate on the subject of “The right of the works council to participate in the regulation of piecework and unit pay rates in accordance with Section 56 I g OfTrVG”.

In 1968 Prof. Rödl joined the Association of Associations Creditreform e.V. (VVC) in Neuss/Germany as Syndicus. This was followed by a steep career in the German Creditreform organisation.  For Prof. Rödl it was of important concern to educate and raise awareness of the challenges faced by companies in risk and receivables management. He was a lecturer at the University of Essen, a private lecturer at the University of Salzburg and a visiting professor at the University of Innsbruck, where he passed on his experiences as an entrepreneur, manager and scientist to his students.

His sphere of influence was not limited to Germany. He also represented Creditreform internationally, e.g. at FEBIS (Federation of European Business Information Services) and, after the political upheaval in central and eastern Europe in the 1990s, advocated the establishment of numerous credit reform national companies.

As a native of Carinthia, Austria, Prof. Rödl’s development of Creditreform in his home country was a special matter of the heart. He has been a member of the advisory board of the Austrian Creditreform Association since its foundation 20 years ago. Through his experience in practice as an entrepreneur as well as in science, he always impressed at numerous press conferences in Vienna with up-to-date, out-of-the-box analyses of general economic and corporate policy. His contributions were characterized by a profound knowledge of the interests of companies in risk and receivables management as well as by his ability to present them precisely in a generally comprehensible way. His great commitment was awarded with the Grand Decoration of Honour for services to the Republic of Austria as well as the Federal Cross of Merit for services to the Federal Republic of Germany.

BIIA’s managing director Joachim C Bartels met Dr. Roedl for the first time in 1975, where we worked together in industry forums such as the former Verband der Handelsauskunfteien e.V. – VdH and later on at FEBIS.  As a competitor he was always fair and often acted in the interest of the industry.  He was compassionate in defending the principles of transparency in business transactions.  His contributions to the industry were exemplary and based on his deep knowledge of the interests of companies in risk and receivables management as well as by his ability to present them precisely in a generally comprehensible way.   With Dr. Roedl we lost a great professional friend. We will miss him.

On behalf of BIIA, I am extending our condolences to the Roedl family and the Creditreform Organization.

Joachim C Bartels
Managing Director
Business Information Industry Association
Hong Kong, SAR China