Former Acordis Chief Economist Donald Anderson honored by the Queen
Donald Anderson, formerly Acordis' chief economist, has been honored in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Mr. Anderson (60), who retired in May, received the OBE for services to international trade and the textile industry. He will visit Buckingham Palace in October to receive the insignia of an Officer (of the Order) of the British Empire from Her Majesty.
I had a letter from the Prime Minister's office five weeks before the announcement to say that I had been nominated, said Mr. Anderson, but no-one actually has confirmation of the honor until the formal notice is released.
I am very pleased and quite surprised. I'm looking forward to going to the Palace, as are my wife and two children.
Mr Anderson said he was delighted to receive a telegram from Acordis CEO Folkert Blaisse, writing on behalf of the company. It read: Many congratulations on this great honor. Acordis is very proud. You deserve this distinction 100 per cent.
Although the Palace releases only a general reason for the award, it is thought the OBE might recognize the valuable work done by Mr. Anderson for the fibre and textile industries in connection with the Multi Fibre Arrangement. This culminated in his position as the UK government's industrial adviser at the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle last October.
Mr. Anderson's contribution to the fibres industry has also been recognized with the award of a silver medal by CIRFS, the European association of man-made fibre producers. He was until recently chairman of the organization's economic policy committee.