Subject Matter Experts
John Fallon became Pearson’s chief executive officer on January 1, 2013, succeeding Marjorie Scardino. Previously, John was responsible for the company’s education businesses outside North America, and served as a member of the Pearson management committee. He joined Pearson in 1997 as director of communications rising to the role of president of Pearson Inc., in 2000. In 2003, he was appointed CEO of Pearson’s educational publishing businesses for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMA) and gradually took on a broader international education portfolio. Prior to joining Pearson, John was director of corporate affairs at Powergen plc, where he was also a member of the company’s executive committee. Earlier in his career, John held senior public policy and communications roles in the British and UK local governments.
Expertise: Global learning and education, Pearson’s global business, social impact, leadership
Tim Bozik is the President of Pearson’s Global Product organization. He started his career in education as a sales rep for Prentice Hall, and worked from the customer frontline through product development to nearly every aspect of Higher Education. Tim believes in smart design that leads to products that solve problems and deliver great customer experiences. His team is responsible for product strategy and development across global school, higher education and English language learning. They are focused on digital products and services, personalized learning, better outcomes, measuring impact, understanding what works, and bringing education and employability closer together. Tim embraces Pearson’s motto of Always Learning in his own life, whether it be from listening to others tell their stories, taking in theater or a technical course, or reading a good book. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Expertise: higher education, workforce development, college/career readiness, global education and learning, education technology
Kate James joined Pearson as chief corporate affairs officer in January 2014. Before joining Pearson, Kate was chief communications officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where she ran the Foundation’s global communications efforts to raise awareness and build engagement around global poverty, health and US education issues. Kate was responsible for overseeing the communications and brand functions, driving public engagement on the issues the Foundation champions, managing reputation risk, and building media partnerships to support independent coverage of critical development and education issues. Prior to joining the Foundation, Kate held leadership and communications roles with Citibank, Standard Chartered Bank, Standard Chartered Pakistan, and GlaxoSmithKline. Kate is a supporter of gender equality and women’s leadership and sits on the board of Vital Voices, a fantastic organization focused on empowering women in business, civil society and politics around the world. Kate is a keen runner and a fan of equestrian pursuits. Kate divides her time between the UK, New York and Seattle.
Expertise: global business, social impact, literacy issues, Pearson brand, leadership development
Bob Whelan is currently the President of Pearson Assessment. Over the course of an impressive 36-year career, Bob has made significant contributions to Pearson and the entire testing industry. As the President of Pearson’s Assessment businesses, he has overall leadership responsibility for the Pearson VUE, Pearson Clinical Assessment and Pearson School Assessment businesses. Through successful communication of a clear vision and a team-based collaborative approach, he has seen the business grow to become the global leader in computer-based assessments.
Prior to heading Pearson Assessments, Bob was Managing Director for Pearson VUE. Under his leadership, Pearson VUE today delivers millions of exams in a global network of 20,000 test centers and through secure online technologies from nearly every corner of the world. In recognition of these achievements, Bob has received the prestigious Award for Professional Contributions and Service to Testing from the Association of Test Publishers (ATP).
He received his BA from the University of Alabama in finance and economics.
Expertise: Certification, assessment, Pearson’s global business, leadership
Robin Baliszewski is currently the managing director overseeing higher education, corporate, and government markets sales and marketing for Pearson North America. Previously Robin served as Pearson’s director for people with responsibility for the recruitment, retention, development and succession planning of Pearson talent. Additionally, she was responsible for global human resources. She was the President of Pearson’s vocational publishing business, leading editorial and marketing teams who were responsible for creating content and providing services to customers in higher education and business. She was the president of Heinle & Heinle, an English as a second language and foreign language publisher serving higher education and secondary schools, and of Regents, Prentice-Hall’s English as a Second Language division. Robin is a graduate of Colby College and resides in Milford, Ohio.
Expertise: Pearson’s North American business, workforce readiness, higher education
Jon Twing, Ph.D
Jon Twing, Ph.D., has been building assessments of all types for more than 35 years, with 26 of those years at Pearson. Jon is currently the Senior Vice President of Psychometrics and Testing Services in the School Assessment group, and leads our assessment efforts in psychometrics, measurement research and assessment development, implementation and defensibility. Over his career, Jon has supervised almost all aspects of measurement and testing, including operations, scoring, technology, research and publishing. He has been involved in the development of a wide range of assessments including large-scale educational assessments; formative assessment systems; speech, language and hearing assessments; spoken English assessments; personality assessments and intelligence measures to name a few. Often this leadership was both domestic to North America but also globally in places like Abu Dhabi, India, South Africa the United Kingdom and Australia. Currently, Jon is focused on the development, validity and efficacy of learning systems that integrate measurement and instruction.
Dr. Twing has served as a member of various boards, committees and service organizations, including The College Board Psychometric Panel, American Educational Research Association, National Council on Measurement in Education, Council of Chief State School Officers, The Association of Test Publishers and the American Psychological Association. He is a member of the University of Iowa College of Education Advisory Board and sits on the Board of Directors for ACT Aspire llc. Jon is also an Honorary Oxford University (UK) Research Fellow.
Jon received his Ph.D. in statistics, measurement & evaluation (Psychometrics) from the University of Iowa in 1993.
Expertise: assessment, research, measurement best practices and legal defensibility of assessment.
Efficacy & Research
Amar Kumar is an educator, an advisor, an investor, and an innovator. His passion for education was ignited as a schoolteacher and school principal in rural India. Supported by a young team of 40 teachers, he improved the education and outcomes at a school of 1,000 children in a matter of months, doing more than what most had achieved in years. That experience led him to Harvard, where he studied disruption and the power of innovation in education. At McKinsey, he advised private and public sector clients on education and system reform. He currently leads Pearson’s corporate transformation to embed efficacy into every single product, coordinating a team of 100 colleagues around the world. Together, they have trained thousands of employees, done hundreds of reviews, and are working with many external partners to make efficacy and learner outcomes a part of the global conversation. In addition to his focus on efficacy, Amar is the head of the global research team and leads some of Pearson’s investments into low-cost schooling in India. Amar has also worked at Eli Lilly, Microsoft, and McKinsey, and studied at Purdue, Oxford, and Harvard Business School.
Expertise: global learning and education, education outcomes
Dr. Steven Guttentag
Dr. Steven Guttentag is president and co-founder of Connections Education, Pearson’s business delivering K-12 online and blended learning to students, schools, and districts worldwide. In the 2015-16 school year, Connections supports 37 online and blended public schools in 30 states; serving over 65,000 students and thousands more via online courses delivered through district partnerships. Dr. Guttentag began his career as a classroom teacher and has spent the past 25 years designing and deploying technology solutions to improve K–12 education. In addition to his classroom experience, Dr. Guttentag has held several senior school district administrative positions, with responsibilities in the areas of technology, facilities, special education, policy analysis, labor relations, budgeting, restructuring, and grants management. In addition to founding Connections Education, he also developed the company’s institutional business, Connections Learning by Pearson, the Nexus Academy blended high schools, and the global private school, International Connections Academy. Previously, he led KPMG Consulting’s Midwest education practice, and was the Chief Education Officer for Education Networks of America, a provider of complete, managed Internet-access solutions to the education community. His academic credentials include a B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.E. in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Policy and Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
Expertise: K-12 online learning, full-time virtual school
Todd Hitchcock is Chief Operating Officer for Pearson Embanet, and works with senior college and university officials to define and develop their online and blended learning strategies. He also focuses on managing the day-to-day operations of all functions of the business. Prior to his current role, Todd served as Senior Vice President of Higher Education Online Solutions and Vice President of Virtual School Solutions within Pearson.
Expertise: Higher education online learning, blended learning
Laura Howe is the North America vice president of media and communities for Pearson Education. Laura is responsible for planning and executing the public relations and North America media strategies for Pearson. In that role she serves as one of the corporate spokespeople and oversees day-to-day media relations and crisis communications efforts for Pearson’s largest market. Prior to coming to Pearson, Laura spent 14 years in various communication roles at the American Red Cross, where she managed public relations specialized communication teams for Disaster Services, International Services, Biomedical Services, Services to Armed Forces and Chapter Operations. An experienced disaster and emergency communicator, Laura led the public affairs response during the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. She also managed the team responsible for all Red Cross social media efforts and has led the organization’s effort to use of social media as means to get information to disaster victims. She is a long time corporate spokesperson and has appeared on national media outlets such as CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, The Weather Channel, Good Morning America and the Today Show. Laura began her career spending eight years as a television news reporter and anchor in stations across the South. She is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
Expertise: North American business, media relations, social media
Shilpi Niyogi is the senior vice president for corporate affairs, managing issues at the intersection of education policy and practice for Pearson North America. She is responsible for leading communications, government relations, and strategic partnership development. Shilpi joined Pearson’s Assessment and Information group in 2008 where she was responsible for driving the company’s next generation assessment and growth strategy with clients including the U.S. Department of Education, the College Board, and ACT. During her tenure, she also spearheaded Pearson’s development of the American Diploma Project Algebra assessments, in partnership with Achieve and a 15-state consortium, which helped pave the way for the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Prior to joining Pearson, Shilpi built an extensive career at Educational Testing Service (ETS) where she held various senior positions. Shilpi holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Brown University. She is based in Washington, DC.
Expertise: Pearson’s North American business, education policy, assessment issues and topics
Stacy Skelly is Vice President of Corporate Affairs, leading Pearson’s engagement with families and the education community to share how assessment can help learners become earners.
Expertise: North American business, K-12 learning, assessment, professional licensure, media relations, social media