Pearson appoints Kate James as Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, today announces the appointment of Kate James as Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and a member of the Pearson Executive team.

Kate joins Pearson from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As Chief Communications Officer since 2010, she has led the Foundation’s global efforts to raise awareness and build engagement around global poverty, health and US education issues.

Kate James has previously held senior leadership roles at Citibank, Standard Chartered Bank and GlaxoSmithKline in the areas of communications, international government relations, strategy and sustainability. She is also a board member for Vital Voices Global Partnership.

John Fallon, chief executive, said:

“Kate is an accomplished corporate affairs leader with a strong track record operating at the highest levels of global public companies and development organisations. She has a unique background and set of skills to lead our communications agenda as we set out to build our reputation for a significant and measurable impact on global education.“

Kate succeeds Luke Swanson, Pearson’s Director of Communications since 2003, who is currently leading Pearson’s programme to reorganise its businesses around its global education strategy. She will divide her time between London and New York and will join Pearson in January 2014.


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