Pearson Names Marykay Wells, Chief Information Officer, to Leadership Team
HOBOKEN, NJ, March 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Pearsonworld leader in learning, today announced the appointment of Mary Kay Wells, chief information officer, to Pearson’s leadership team. Reporting directly to the CEO andy birdWells will work with the board and executive team to develop a technology strategy that supports a coordinated, cross-functional approach to data, content delivery and product development.
Marykay, an eight-year veteran at Pearson, currently leads a global team of IT professionals, who are instrumental in the company’s transition to high-quality digital products and services. Over her 30-year career, she has an outstanding track record of executing major global technology transformations. Prior to joining Pearson in 2014, Marykay held highly successful CIO positions at Nortel, Tekelec and Extreme Networks.
“Marykay is a visionary leader, already focused on executing Pearson’s strategy of delivering high-quality digital products through a lifetime of learning,” said andy bird, CEO of Pearson. “Marykay and her team are well positioned to support our businesses with innovative and enterprise technology, and they will play a vital role as we develop more digital applications, especially with the expansion of Pearson+.”
“As we enter a new era for the business, I am excited to help lead Pearson’s digital transformation,” Wells said. “We’ve made great strides in streamlining and modernizing Pearson’s enterprise technology and we can use this positive momentum to expand our capabilities, grow our IT talent, and drive the growth of our products and services.”
As part of her leadership efforts, Marykay is also active in addressing diversity issues in the IT industry. It has established strong partnerships with many universities, sponsoring internship programs and internship projects for graduate students. In 2018, Marykay launched a Women in Technology initiative at Pearson to attract, retain and develop global talent across all technology teams across the company, achieving near double-digit growth in the number of women in technology at Pearson. Marykay holds a BS in Computer Information Science from Clarkson University and will be based at Durham, North Carolina.
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