A KINCARDINE man has received an honorary degree for his sustainable work as the CEO of Mars.

Grant Reid, who grew up in the town but now lives in the USA, received an honorary degree from the University of Stirling during a graduation ceremony last week.

He served as CEO of Mars Inc for more than eight years and is credited with having an instrumental role in transforming and diversifying the business, as well as improving its sustainability.

A committed climate actionist, he is now chair of the Sustainable Markets Initiative Agribusiness Taskforce which is driving substantial action on how to scale regenerative agriculture. 

Mr Reid, who graduated from the university in management economics in 1982, said: “Since studying at the University of Stirling as an undergraduate, I’ve long held a close affinity with this great institution.

“That’s why I’m so proud to be commended with an honorary doctorate recognising the positive impact I’ve had in business; particularly the more than 30 years I committed to helping Mars grow, with over eight years as its CEO. 

“Little did I know at the time, but my experience studying at the University of Stirling played a pivotal role in my future.

“The quality of the teaching; specifically, the need for students to be rigorous, curious and communicate with clarity; helped me achieve the success I’ve enjoyed in my career and life.

“Those same three traits continue to support me today as I use my experience to demonstrate that business can be a force for good in creating value in a more sustainable way.

“I wish all other Stirling graduates receiving their degrees today success in their future endeavours while following their passions and really look forward to seeing what this generation of graduates will achieve.

“Thank you again to the University of Stirling for this honour and for all the opportunities that my time here created for me.”

Queen Silvia of Sweden was also honoured at the same ceremony on Wednesday, June 28.

Her honorary degree was in recognition of her long-held passion for caring for those living with dementia.

In 1996, she launched the Silviahemmet Foundation to promote research and education.

The foundation is now working with the university in a major research project to develop housing innovations that can better support people living with cognitive conditions, including dementia.

Following the ceremony, she was off to visit Maggie's Forth Valley as the university is exploring how Maggie’s cancer support model can be applied to those living with dementia and their families.