New CEO for Pearson Technology Group

Upper Saddle River, NJ--October 29,2001–Will Ethridge, Pearson Higher Education and Professional Publishing Group President, announced today the appointment of Gary June to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pearson Technology Group (PTG), part of Pearson plc (NYSE: PSO). PTG is the world's leading publisher of technology-related textbooks and online programs, with annual worldwide revenues in excess of $300 million. Its imprints include such best of breed brands as Addison Wesley Professional, PeachPit Press, Cisco Press, Adobe Press, Prentice Hall PTR, Que, Sams, and New Riders. Perennial category leaders, its titles account for over 50 percent of the best-selling technology titles on Amazon.com.

Mr. June, an accomplished executive, has made significant contributions to Prentice Hall College where he has held a number of key executive positions, including Senior Vice President for Sales and, most recently, Co-President of Prentice Hall College. Under his leadership, Prentice Hall has consistently outperformed the college publishing industry.

Well versed in computer publishing, Mr. June was the editor for computer information systems early in his career at Prentice Hall. Later, he served as Vice President and Director of Marketing with Prentice Hall's Engineering, Science, and Math Division. During his tenure, the Division's academic computer science and engineering publishing programs increased their solid first place lead in market share. Mr. June also brings computer industry experience gained during a sabbatical as a marketing manager in the software industry. He started his publishing career as a Prentice Hall college sales representative following his graduation from Stanford University.

Commenting on the announcement, Will Ethridge said, "The appointment of one of our top executives to lead our IT publishing business reflects the long term growth potential and commitment to this organization's leadership position.

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About Pearson Technology Group
Pearson Technology Group (PTG) is the world's largest provider of consumer and professional computer, information technology, engineering and reference content. One of the industry's leading innovators in both print and digital formats, PTG's imprints include Que Publishing, Addison Wesley Professional, Prentice Hall PTR, New Riders Publishing, Cisco Press, PeachPit Press, Adobe Press, Macromedia Press, BradyGAMES Strategy Guides and Alpha Books, publisher of the best-selling Complete Idiot's Guide line of reference books. Pearson Technology Group is a leader in online publishing for IT professionals through www.safari.com and www.informIT.com.

About Pearson Education
With offices in 30 countries, Pearson Education is the world's largest education business. Its leading brands include Addison Wesley, Allyn & Bacon, Longman, Prentice Hall, Scott Foresman, and NCS Pearson. Pearson Education is the global leader in online learning through the CourseCompass program, www.coursecompass.com, for Higher Education and its 2000 textbook companion Web sites. For more information, visit www.pearsoned.com.

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