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Business Wire: Shell Chemical's David Scharer Honored With SDA Distinguished Service Award ( Posted 29 Jan 05


Dr. David Scharer, a longtime Shell Chemical employee who dedicated much of his career to improving the quality of the industry's scientific research, is the recipient of SDA's 2005 Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished Service Award.


Scharer, who retired from Shell in 2004, worked for most of his career in Shell's intermediates and surfactants businesses and was a tireless champion for industry to publish high quality scientific reviews. He took part in that effort through his active participation on SDA technical committees, including his service as a reviewer for SDA's well-regarded and highly respected scientific reviews of major surfactants in the 1990's.


Scharer was a major force in advancing industry's environmental surfactant research and risk assessment activities in Europe. Those programs include ERASM - Environmental Risk Assessment and Management - a research partnership between CESIO (European Committee of Surfactants & their Organic Intermediates) and AISE (International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products).


He also was a key contributor to the Human and Environmental Risk Assessment (HERA) on Ingredients of Household Cleaning Products project, a joint initiative between AISE and Europe's leading chemical industry organization, Cefic.


"David's sage advice has provided a guiding light for many of those that have followed. He has been a voice of reason with regulators, within the industry and in our company for many years. He has also been a valuable mentor," said SDA Board member David G. Naugle, Vice President, Higher Olefins and Derivatives at Shell Chemicals.


The SDA Distinguished Service Award is named in honor of the late Elva Walker Spillane, the former National Purity LLC chief executive who served on SDA's Board for 20 years. The award recognizes extensive or exceptional service to SDA, which promoted the growth and interests of the Association and the industries it represents; and the exercise of outstanding leadership within the Association.


The Soap and Detergent Association ( is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Product and Oleochemical Industries, representing manufacturers of household, industrial, and institutional cleaning products; their ingredients and finished packaging; and oleochemical producers. SDA members produce more than 90 percent of the cleaning products marketed in the U.S. The SDA is located at 1500 K Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005.The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) Brian Sansoni, 202-662-2517

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