CEO, Pearson Plc
John became Pearson’s chief executive on 1 January 2013, succeeding Marjorie Scardino.
Since 2008 John has been responsible for the company’s education businesses outside
North America, and a member of the Pearson management committee. He joined Pearson
in 1997 as director of communications and was appointed President of Pearson Inc., a
role he combined with his communications responsibilities, in 2000.
In 2003, he was appointed CEO of Pearson’s educational publishing businesses for Europe,
Middle East & Africa (EMA) and gradually took on a broader international education brief.
Prior to joining Pearson, John was director of corporate affairs at Powergenplc, where he
was also a member of the company’s executive committee. Earlier in his career, John held
senior public policy and communications roles in the British and UK local governments.
Professor of Economics, Warwick University
Assembly Member and Former Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats
CEO, Scottish FA
General Secretary, NASUWT
Hotel & Property Investor
Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service