Mark Pigott (left) with Sir Peter Westmacott at the investiture ceremony
Fellow Commoner of King's Mark Pigott OBE has been awarded an Honorary Knighthood for services to education, the arts, and philanthropy in the UK.
The UK Ambassador to the United States, Sir Peter Westmacott, presented the honour at the British Embassy in Washington, on behalf Her Majesty the Queen.
Ambassador Westmacott said: “Mark Pigott has provided invaluable support to British heritage, arts, education and scientific research over many years, and his company continues to employ thousands in a critical industry for the UK’s economy. ”
Mark is Chairman and CEO of PACCAR, a multinational technology company based in Seattle. He was awarded an OBE in 2003 for his support of UK cultural organisations such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the British Library and the National Gallery.
He has also been a generous donor to King's College. In 2009 he funded the Pigott Scholarships, which support graduates of King's who are studying for Masters degrees at the College.
The following year he was elected a Fellow Commoner of the College, an honorary position with many of the privileges of a Fellow.
Receiving his Honorary Knighthood, Mark said: "On behalf of the company and myself, I would like to thank Her Majesty for this unexpected and thoroughly appreciated honor. This is a wonderful day for PACCAR and my family.
“The development of PACCAR’s business in the UK, with the acquisition of Foden Trucks and British Leyland, has been steadily growing for 32 years. The UK is a major cornerstone of PACCAR’s success globally. It is also heartening to be able to contribute to the educational outreach of many inspiring organizations in Britain."