Moray Callum recognised for his influential work within the automotive industry

A designer behind some of the world’s most iconic cars has been awarded an Honorary Degree by Edinburgh Napier University.

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.

It was at the US giant Ford where he spent most of his career though, becoming the first non-American to hold the title of Vice President for Design at the US motoring giant.

Born in Dumfries in 1958, Moray studied industrial design at ENU’s forerunner, Napier Technical College, before embarking on a successful career in motoring spanning nearly four decades, which took him to France, Italy, Japan and the USA.

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, the successor to the 1960s classic GT40 and the re-introduction of the Ford Mustang the previous year.

He also helped create and introduce the 2021 Mustang Mach-E [pictured here at ENU’s Craiglockhart campus thanks to the team at Peoples Ford] – an all-electric reimagining of the famous supercar marque.

Other best-selling models he worked on include the Ford Transit and the F-series, as well as leading the redesign of the Mazda 5 while working in Japan in the early 2000s.

The award of Moray’s Honorary Degree follows his retirement from Ford in May of last year, marking an end to seven years as Vice President and a 38-year product development career in the industry.

Thank you Edinburgh Napier University.

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