Statement regarding Peter Jovanovich, chief executive of Pearson Education

Pearson, the international media company, announces that Peter Jovanovich, Chief Executive of Pearson Education, will take a leave of absence from the business for a few months on medical advice.

During this period, Pearson Education's divisional presidents will report to Marjorie Scardino, Pearson's Chief Executive.

Marjorie Scardino said:

"Peter has been wrestling with a recurring pulmonary disorder for some time. His doctors now believe he needs a period of rest to aid his recovery. Peter fully intends to return to work as soon as possible. We will continue to be in touch with him and make sure he is focused only on a speedy recovery, while our strong team of education executives continues to run the business to the high standards they are all used to."

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