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Dumfries car designer awarded honorary degree

A DUMFRIES born car designer has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Edinburgh Napier University.

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By Zac Hannay
Dumfries and West
Dumfries car designer awarded honorary degree

Described as one of the auto industry’s most influential design leaders, Moray Callum contributed to and led teams at brands including Aston Martin, Chrysler, Peugeot, Ghia and Mazda.

Born in 1958, Moray studied industrial design at Napier Technical College before he went on to have a successful career in motoring, spanning almost four decades.

It was at US giant Ford where he spent the vast majority of his career, becoming the first non-American to hold the title of vice president for design at the US motoring giant.

During a graduation ceremony at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Moray was presented with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Design by the University’s Chancellor Will Whitehorn.

Moray said: “It is a real privilege to be awarded this degree, I feel very grateful for it.

“It feels particularly fitting as it was here where I decided what I wanted to do with my life. Edinburgh Napier was the starting point – the people here helped me realise where I wanted to go with my career.

“I would like to thank those who have helped me along the way.”

Among the highlights of Moray’s career in the automotive industry were the 2016 launch of the Ford GT and the re-introduction of the Ford Mustang the previous year.

He also helped create and introduce the 2021 F-150 Mustang Mach-E an all-electric reimagining of the famous supercar marque.

Moray retired from Ford in May of last year.

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