Marjorie Scardino

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Marjorie Scardino
Marjorie Scardino at Financial Times 125th Anniversary Party, London, in June 2013.jpg
Marjorie Scardino at Financial Times 125th Anniversary Party, London, in June 2013
Born (1947-01-25) 25 January 1947 (age 67)
Arizona[1]
Residence London
Nationality American
Citizenship British
Alma mater Baylor University
Occupation Chief executive
Employer Pearson PLC
Spouse(s) Albert Scardino

Dame Marjorie Morris Scardino, DBE, FRSA (born 25 January 1947) 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[2] in 1997. She is also a non-executive director of Nokia[3] and former CEO of the Economist Group.[4] During her time at Pearson, she had tripled profits to a record £942m.[5] In December 2013, she joined the board of Twitter [6] as its first female director, after a controversy involving a lack of diversity on the Twitter board.[7]

Early life and education[edit]

Scardino was born in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1947, but grew up in Texarkana, Texas. While living in Texas she participated in rodeo riding as a teenager.[8] Scardino is a graduate of Baylor University with a BA in French and psychology in 1969. She began law school at George Washington University but dropped out to become a journalist and later obtained her law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.[9]

Early career[edit]

Before 1985 she was the editor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, The Georgia Gazette, where she worked with her husband Albert Scardino,[4] later a media reporter for The New York Times.

Career to date[edit]

She serves on the board of the MacArthur Foundation and the Carter Center.[10] She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.[9] She also won the 2002 Benjamin Franklin Medal.[11]

In 2007 she was listed 17th on the Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women in the World.[12]

On October 3, 2012, it was announced that she will step down as CEO of Pearson to be replaced by John Fallon.[13][14]

In December 2013, she joined the board of Twitter [6] as its first female director, after a controversy involving a lack of diversity on the Twitter board.[7]

Her son is actor Hal Scardino.

Citizenship[edit]

Although she was born in the United States, she has taken British citizenship [15] so her honour is substantive.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Doward, Jamie (9 March 2003). "Can Marje stay in charge?". The Observer. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  2. ^ BBC female achievements timeline
  3. ^ "Board of Directors". Nokia. Retrieved 15 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Colby, Laura (16 March 1998). "Yankee Expansionist Builds British Empire". Fortune. Retrieved 15 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "BBC News - Pearson: Marjorie Scardino steps down as chief executive". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Thank you.". Twitter. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Curtain Is Rising on a Tech Premiere With (as Usual) a Mostly Male Cast". Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Publishing, DK (2009). 1000 CEOs. Penguin. p. 218. ISBN 978-0756670573. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  9. ^ a b Cave, Andrew (24 February 2008). "British business people: The top 1,000: Media and entertainment 20 to 1". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  10. ^ "Management Team - Marjorie Scardino: Chief executive". Pearson PLC. Retrieved 15 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "The Benjamin Franklin Medal". Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce. Retrieved 15 June 2010. 
  12. ^ #17 Marjorie Scardino
  13. ^ "John Fallon to succeed Marjorie Scardino as Pearson’s chief executive". pearson.com. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Scardino, Chief of Pearson, to Step Down - NYTimes.com". The New York Times (New York: NYTC). ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "Marjorie Scardino". Businesswings. Retrieved 15 June 2010. 

External links[edit]