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.