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January 28, 2005 10:54 AM

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Shell Chemical’s David Scharer Honored With SDA Distinguished Service Award

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 28, 2005 – 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 The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) 2005 Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished Service Award.

Scharer was honored during SDA’s 79th Annual Meeting & Industry Convention at the Boca Raton (Florida) Resort & Club.

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.

“If you could point to an example of a bright light of our industry, one that exemplifies integrity, principle, and high standards, that example would be David Scharer,” said Stanley W. Silverman, 2004 Chair of SDA’s Board of Directors and Chairman and CEO, PQ Corporation.

“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.