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Pearson changes structure, appoints new leadership

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United Kingdom - May 23, 2013, United Kingdom - Pearson, an education company, announced a new organization structure and the appointment of a new leadership team.

Under the new structure, Pearson will organize around three global lines of business – School, Higher Education and Professional – and three geographic market categories – North America, Growth and Core. The leaders of these businesses will be: School - Doug Kubach; Higher Education - Tim Bozik; Professional - John Ridding; North America - Don Kilburn; Growth markets - Tamara Minick-Scokalo; and Core markets - Rod Bristow.

Mr. Kubach is currently chief executive of Pearson's Assessment & Instruction group in North America, which includes K-12 instructional resources, learning assessment, state and national testing, teacher licensure testing, clinical and talent assessment and early childhood programmes.

Mr. Kubach joined Pearson's education business in 2000 as senior vice president strategy and chief technology officer for North America, and became head of Pearson's US assessment business in 2004. Before joining Pearson, he was the CTO for McGraw-Hill Education.

Mr. Bozik is chief executive of Pearson's US Higher Education business, a position he has held since early 2012. He joined Pearson in 1983 as a sales representative and has since held several leadership roles in product development and higher education, where his work has included a focus on the role of technology, data and analytics to improve access, achievement and affordability.

Mr. Ridding has been chief executive of the Financial Times since 2006 and took on additional responsibilities as chief executive of the FT Group in 2013. He has been with the FT for more than 20 years in both editorial and executive positions, including as deputy editor of the Financial Times and editor and publisher of the Financial Times Asia (where he launched FTChinese.com, the company's Chinese language website).

While based in Hong Kong, Mr. Ridding was also President of Pearson Asia. Before joining the FT, he worked at Oxford Analytica.

Mr. Kilburn is currently vice chairman of Pearson Higher Education North America and chief executive of Pearson Learning Solutions. In this capacity he also manages the go-to-market sales organization for Pearson Higher Education North America.

Mr. Kilburn joined Pearson in 1998 as president of Pearson Custom Publishing, which produces bespoke solutions for higher education. He took on his current assignment in 2008, with additional responsibilities for institutional solutions and enterprise technology sales and building out new digital and services offers. Before joining Pearson, he was president of Simon & Schuster Custom Publishing.

Ms. Minick-Scokalo is president of Pearson Europe, Middle East and Africa and interim co-CEO of Pearson International. She joined Pearson in 2012 as president of the EMEA education business. She was previously CEO of Trax, a privately funded technology business, and worked in marketing and operational roles at Procter & Gamble, Cadbury and Kraft.

Mr. Bristow is president of Pearson UK and interim co-CEO of Pearson International. He joined Pearson in 1988 and has since served in several management roles including president for Higher Education, Schools and Professional in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Since 2010 he has been president of Pearson UK, which includes Pearson's education business and awarding body Edexcel.

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