Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Pearson Plc LSE:PSON London Ordinary Share GB0006776081 ORD 25P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -11.20p -1.38% 798.60p 796.00p 796.40p 808.40p 788.00p 808.40p 3,249,220 16:35:10
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Media 4,129.0 498.0 75.6 10.6 6,240.40

Pearson PLC Directorate Change

26/04/2019 7:02am

UK Regulatory (RNS & others)


RNS Number : 1690X

Pearson PLC

26 April 2019

Pearson strengthens Board of Directors with two senior appointments

26(th) April 2019 
Pearson today announces the appointment of two independent Non-Executive 
 Directors to its Board of Directors. Graeme Pitkethly, CFO and Board 
 Member, Unilever PLC and NV, and Sherry Coutu, the entrepreneur 
 and angel investor, join the company's Board, with their appointments 
 effective from May 1, 2019. 
 Graeme joined Unilever in 2002 and, prior to being appointed CFO, 
 was Executive Vice President of Unilever's UK and Ireland business. 
 Previously, he had held a number of senior financial and commercial 
 roles within Unilever and he spent the earlier part of his career 
 in senior corporate finance roles in the telecommunications industry 
 and at PricewaterhouseCoopers. 
 Sherry serves on the boards of a range of companies, charities and 
 universities with a focus on consumer digital, information services, 
 and education. She founded Interactive Investor International plc 
 and currently chairs Founders4Schools, Raspberry Pi Trading and 
 the Scale-Up Institute. She serves as a Non-Executive Director at 
 London Stock Exchange plc, sits on the board of the Department for 
 Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, and until recently served as a 
 Non-Executive Director of Zoopla plc, Cambridge University Press 
 and Cambridge Assessment. She has also served as an advisory board 
 member for LinkedIn. 
 Pearson Chair, Sidney Taurel said: "We have a strong Board with 
 a wealth of experience and today we are adding two outstanding individuals 
 to strengthen it further. Graeme's financial expertise, global overview 
 and deep understanding of consumer behaviour will benefit us greatly, 
 particularly as we look to build more direct relationships with 
 learners. Sherry's expertise in building fast growth, entrepreneurial 
 businesses, focused on technology and education will be invaluable 
 as we target digital-first, high growth business models. 
 "Our Board, management and employees at all levels of Pearson are 
 focused on helping us continue to make strategic progress, enabling 
 us to deliver further profit growth in 2019 and stabilise revenue. 
 Longer term, we are focused on ensuring we achieve our strategic 
 vision of delivering lifelong learning to customers, leading to 
 increased employability and work-related skills, as part of a wider 
 ecosystem of delivery partners and stakeholders." 
 Graeme is a Vice Chair of the Task Force on Climate Related Financial 
 Disclosures. He read for a BSc in Applied Chemistry from the University 
 of Strathclyde and is a Chartered Accountant. 
 Commenting on his appointment, Graeme Pitkethly said: "This is an 
 exciting opportunity to make a difference. Pearson is a purpose-driven 
 company and a global leader in its field, with significant growth 
 prospects ahead. My aim is to play a role in this growth story, 
 helping Pearson enhance its consumer-facing business, building on 
 its strong digital agenda and growing quickly in global markets." 
 Sherry has an MBA from Harvard Business School and has been awarded 
 honorary doctorates from the University of Bristol, University of 
 Manchester and the Open University. She was appointed Commander 
 of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to entrepreneurship 
 in the New Year's Honours List 2013. 
 Commenting on her appointment, Sherry Coutu said: "I am passionate 
 about education and across my career have worked to demonstrate 
 how technology can better equip young people and professionals for 
 the world of work. My capabilities are therefore closely aligned 
 with Pearson and my experience in building high-growth, technology-enabled 
 companies can help Pearson successfully navigate the shift to digital 
 and secure sustainable growth." 
 There is no further information to be declared in accordance with 
 LR 9.6.13. 
 Notes to editors 
 Details of the full Pearson Board of Directors can be found at: 

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