Pearson CFO promoted to FT group exec

Rona Fairhead, chief financial officer of publishing group Pearson, has been
appointed as chief executive of the Financial Times Group as part a raft of
executive changes.

Her promotion gives the group another prominent female executive alongside
Marjorie Scardino, chief executive of Pearson.

Fairhead new role will see her take overall responsibility for a wide range
of Pearson businesses including the flagship Financial Times and its
business magazines, Pearson’s international business newspapers and financial
magazines, as well as the FT Group’s joint venture businesses such as the FTSE,
which it co-owns with the London Stock Exchange, and the Economist Group.

She has replaced Olivier Fleurot, who moves to Pearson to develop its
emerging digital technology while Robin Freestone, Pearson’s deputy chief
financial officer, takes over from Fairhead.

Marjorie Scardino, chief executive of Pearson, said: ‘Rona will be looking
for opportunities to make the most of the FT Group as a whole.’

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