Scott Emerson Receives Ivan D. Combe Lifetime Achievement Award

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Press Releases and Statements | Jun 18, 2021

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), the national trade association representing leading manufacturers in the personal healthcare products industry, awarded its Ivan D. Combe Lifetime Achievement Award on Wednesday to longtime industry leader Scott Emerson.

This annual award – the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. consumer healthcare industry – recognizes the outstanding work and contributions of individuals whose actions have created a lasting impact on the people and the affairs of the consumer healthcare sector, and who have directly improved self-care for U.S. consumers. The award is named in honor of Ivan D. Combe, an early industry leader and visionary who served on CHPA’s board of directors from 1958 until 2000. Each year, the award committee carefully considers the nominees based on three core categories that embody this award: business excellence, active involvement with industry and CHPA, and giving back to the community.

Emerson has more than 30 years’ experience working with consumer-packaged goods companies and has held senior management positions with Fortune 500 companies. Today, under his leadership, The Emerson Group manages a portfolio representing more than $5 billion in retail sales volume and holds equity positions in other products.

During his lengthy career in industry, Emerson has been actively involved with CHPA, where he has been a member of the board of directors since 2006, and a member of the executive committee since 2017. Notably, as chair of the CHPA Membership Committee for the past seven years, he has worked tirelessly to bring many new members forward, serving as an important catalyst to CHPA’s growth.

“Scott has made an enormous contribution, not just to CHPA, but to its members and the broader consumer healthcare space, as well,” said Scott Melville, president and CEO of CHPA. “He’s passionate about making lasting connections between brands and consumers and is committed to mentoring and developing leaders for the future.”

Twice recognized by Mass Market Retailers as a “mass marketing executive who makes a difference,” Emerson has been a champion for product donations as part of CHPA’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, contributing more than $6.3 million in product donations.

“Like Ivan D. Combe, Scott has dedicated his life to the well-being of others, always giving back to the community and healthcare industry he helped build,” added Melville. “The Emerson Group has served as a sponsor for almost every CHPA event, including generously supporting this year’s inaugural Self-Care Leadership Series and Summit.”

View a list of past Ivan D. Combe Lifetime Achievement Award winners here.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), founded in 1881, is the national trade association representing the leading manufacturers and marketers of consumer healthcare products, including over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, dietary supplements, and consumer medical devices. CHPA is committed to empowering self-care by ensuring that Americans have access to products they can count on to be reliable, affordable, and convenient, while also delivering new and better ways to get and stay healthy. Visit