LONDON 23 April, 2020: Pearson today announces the appointment of Andy Bird, the former Chairman of Walt Disney International, as an independent Non-Executive Director. His appointment is effective from 1 May, 2020. Andy is also appointed as a member of Pearson’s Remuneration committee and its Reputation & Responsibility committee, with effect from that date.
Andy has a long and distinguished career spanning 35 years in the media industry. Most recently he spent 14 years working for The Walt Disney Company, joining the business as President of Walt Disney International in 2004, before being appointed Chairman in 2008. He held this role for a decade, during which time he transformed the organisation, significantly enhancing its local presence in countries around the world. He also worked to establish the Disney brand in China, through the creation of Disney English, teaching English language to Chinese families through immersive learning experiences.
Prior to this, Andy worked in a variety of senior positions at AOL Time Warner, and spent the earlier part of his career in a variety of roles at Piccadilly Radio, Virgin Broadcasting Company, BSB Music Channel, Big & Good Productions and Unique Broadcasting.
Pearson Chair, Sidney Taurel said: “Andy is an accomplished, strategic leader of large, complex and global consumer content businesses where he has driven digital change through disruption. This experience will be invaluable for Pearson as we navigate through our own digital transformation. We welcome him warmly to our team.
“Our Board has already been strengthened through recent additions in the last 12 months and Andy’s appointment provides us with further experience in global markets and a deep understanding of how to run global businesses, together with in depth consumer marketing expertise.
Commenting on his appointment, Andy Bird said: “The education landscape continues to be highly disrupted by technological change – not just in how it is delivered to learners, but how it is defined and fundamentally what ‘knowledge’ and ‘learning’ means. This creates a significant opportunity for Pearson. I believe my experience in helping companies transition through significant periods of change can help Pearson in its goal to be the winner in digital learning.”
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