Directorate change

Pearson plc: Board changes

Pearson, the international education and information company, today announces the appointment of Sir David Arculus and Ken Hydon as independent non-executive directors with immediate effect.

Sir David Arculus is a non-executive director of Barclays and Telefonica, and was chairman of O2 from 2004 until it was acquired by Telefonica earlier this year. His previous roles included chairman of Severn Trent, chairman of IPC Group, chief operating officer of United Business Media and group managing director of EMAP.

Ken Hydon is a non-executive director of Tesco and Reckitt Benckiser. He was previously finance director of Vodafone and of subsidiaries of Racal Electronics, and financial controller of 3M.

The appointments follow Pearson's announcement last year that non-executive directors Reuben Mark and Vernon Sankey will retire from the board at the 2006 AGM.

Pearson's chairman Glen Moreno said:

"In my first months at Pearson, the contribution that Reuben and Vernon have made to our company has been very clear. They have shared with us their deep business experience, wise counsel and international perspectives and I know the entire board joins me in thanking them for their support over many years."

"I am delighted that David and Ken have agreed to join us. They are strong, thoughtful business leaders and their deep understanding of the fast-changing media and technology markets will be very valuable to Pearson."

For further information

Luke Swanson / Deborah Lincoln:  +44 (0)20 7010 2310