Vivienne Cox appointed to Pearson Board

Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, today announces the appointment of Vivienne Cox as an independent non-executive director, effective from 1 January 2012.

Ms. Cox worked for BP Plc for 28 years, from 1981 to 2009, serving in a variety of posts in Britain and continental Europe ranging from finance to supply to renewable energy. Her two most recent posts were as executive vice president and chief executive of BP’s Gas, Power & Renewables business and then its Alternative Energy unit.

Ms. Cox is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where she earned a BSc and an MSc in chemistry, and the graduate business school INSEAD.

She currently serves as non-executive board chair of Climate Change Capital Ltd., an investment and advisory group specialising in opportunities generated by moves to a low-carbon economy. She is also non-executive director of mining company Rio Tinto Plc, the U.K. Department for International Development, and Vallourec, which supplies tubular systems for the energy industry.

Pearson’s chairman Glen Moreno said:

“I am delighted that Vivienne has agreed to join our board. She is an experienced leader with deep experience in energy and natural resources, diverse international markets and business innovation. She has a personal interest in education and development and we welcome her contribution to Pearson.”

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For more information

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