Pearson announces Michael Lynton to its Board as upcoming Independent Director

– UK, London – Pearson PLC (LSE:PSON), today announces the appointment of Michael Lynton as an independent non-executive director, effective from February 1st 2018.

Michael was formerly chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment, a role he held from 2012 to 2017. Prior to this he served as chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment from 2002 to 2012. He is currently chairman of Snapchat (NYSE: SNAP) having joined the company in 2017. He is also a non-executive director on the board of Ares Management, and was formerly a non-executive director at Samsonite and Modern Times Group.

In a career spanning over 35 years, Michael has held senior leadership roles at Penguin Group, The Walt Disney Company and Time Warner.

Pearson chairman Sidney Taurel said: “Pearson is going to be the winner in digital education. That requires great people as well as great products. The Pearson Board and leadership already has strong digital talent and expertise, and Michael’s appointment augments that perfectly. His experience and perspective will further strengthen Pearson and drive our transformation to be a more focused, simpler digital learning company.”

Michael Lynton said: “Education is the next frontier in the digital revolution and Pearson is uniquely well placed to lead the way. I’m impressed by the major investment in the products of the future and the creation of a single, global learning platform. Most importantly, Pearson has strong leadership and a clear vision – I’m excited to be joining the team.”

Michael has an MBA from Harvard Business School and read history & literature at Harvard University.

About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives.

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