Pearson Announces Alison Dolan and Alex Hardiman as Non-Executive Directors

May 11, 2023

Pearson PLC [FTSE: PSON.L], the world’s leading learning company, today announces the appointments of Alison Dolan and Alex Hardiman as independent Non-Executive Directors, with effect from June 1, 2023. Both bring significant leadership experience in high profile and respected digital brands, helping to further the strong momentum of Pearson’s own digital, lifelong learning strategy.

Alison is the Chief Financial Officer at Rightmove plc, a position she has held since September 2020. She brings to the Board extensive commercial and operational finance experience, specifically in digital businesses. Prior to Rightmove, she held several senior financial positions at Sky plc, including Group Treasurer, Director of Finance and was the Deputy Managing Director at Sky Business. She later moved to News UK to serve as the Chief Strategy Officer at the forefront of the business’s digital transformation.

Alex currently serves as the New York Times’ Chief Product Officer where she oversees the company’s News, Cooking, Games and Audio products that power its digital business. Alex previously spent a decade at The New York Times in several product leadership roles before leaving for Facebook in 2016 where she served as Head of News Products, overseeing news experiences for Facebook consumers and publishers. Alex also spent time at The Atlantic as their Chief Business and Product Officer where she relaunched the company’s consumer offerings and subscription model.

Omid Kordestani, Pearson Chair, said: “I’m thrilled to welcome Alison and Alex to the Pearson Board at this exciting and transformational time. They bring deep expertise in digital and consumer products, which will help us execute on our strategic ambitions and expand our growth potential. In addition, Alison and Alex complement the existing depth of experience on our Board and their knowledge will serve us well as Pearson continues its consumer and digital journey.”

Alison Dolan said: “Pearson plays an important role in improving society through lifelong learning. I’m impressed with both its impact on the world and the growing momentum behind the company. I believe my experience in finance and digital business are a good fit for Pearson and that I can contribute to the progress that is already underway.”

Alex Hardiman said: “I am excited to combine my own digital experience with Pearson’s purpose to add life to a lifetime of learning. Drawing on my expertise in media, technology, product development and subscription growth. I look forward to helping Pearson deepen its relationship with consumers and further capitalize on the tremendous opportunity in digital learning.”

There is no further information to be declared in accordance with LR 9.6.13.

About Pearson

At Pearson, our purpose is simple: to add life to a lifetime of learning. We believe that every learning opportunity is a chance for a personal breakthrough. That’s why our c.20,000 Pearson employees are committed to creating vibrant and enriching learning experiences designed for real-life impact. We are the world’s leading learning company, serving customers in c.200 countries with digital content, assessments, qualifications, and data. For us, learning isn’t just what we do. It’s who we are.

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