Dame Marjorie Morris Scardino, DBE, FRSA (born 25 January 1947 United States) is the former CEO of Pearson PLC. She became the first female Chief Executive of a FTSE 100 company when she was appointed CEO of Pearson in 1997. She is also a non-executive director of Nokia and former CEO of the Economist Group. During her time at Pearson, she had tripled profits to a record £942m.
Early career 
Before 1985 she was the editor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, The Georgia Gazette, where she worked with her husband Albert Scardino, later a media reporter for The New York Times
Scardino is a graduate of Baylor University and the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Career to date 
She serves on the board of the MacArthur Foundation and the Carter Center. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She also won the 2002 Benjamin Franklin Medal.
In 2007 she was listed 17th on the Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women in the World.
On October 3, 2012, it was announced that she will step down as CEO of Pearson to be replaced by John Fallon.
Her son is actor Hal Scardino.
Although she was born in the United States, she has taken British citizenship  so her honour is substantive.
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