Scandals: The ADAC needs a real supervisory board


The pattern is reminiscent of the devastating developments at FIFA: a scandal is followed by full-bodied promises and far-reaching reforms, which observers are sympathetically accompanying. We, too, were initially confident when the ADAC implemented a new structure two and a half years ago – but at the same time pointed out that the most important thing was “how the supervisory boards interpret their role”. A media report now raises great doubts as to whether the structural reform was accompanied by the promised cultural change. An employee survey has shown that the mood is “unusually bad”, writes the Handelsblatt – and quotes extensively from employee comments.

Fear culture at the automobile club?

The overall impression is devastating: the Automobilclub is based on the principle “everyone against everyone”; the three divisions and their managers work against each other instead of with each other. That would be a clear mandate for the six-member supervisory board of ADAC SE, which combines the commercial activities. After all, the committee, like all supervisory boards, should see itself as the guardian of corporate culture. Unfortunately, the ADAC did not engage external experts, but representatives of the association (like President August Markl) and the ADAC Foundation (as well as three employees). There can be no question of a genuine supervisory board and independent supervision – another parallel to FIFA. And from our point of view, the root of evil.