The business

Pearson is an international media and education company with businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing. We are 34,000 people in more than 60 countries, helping children and adults to learn, business people to make informed decisions and readers of all ages to wind down or wise up with a good book. Our businesses fuel the growing demand for high quality information in the global knowledge economy, and share a common purpose: to help our customers live and learn.

Pearson consists of three major worldwide businesses:



Pearson is the world’s leading education company, providing educational materials, technologies, assessments and related services to teachers and students of all ages.

Though we generate approximately 60% of our sales in North America, we operate in more than 60 countries. We publish across the curriculum under a range of respected imprints including Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison-Wesley, Allyn and Bacon, Benjamin Cummings and Longman.

We are also a leading provider of electronic learning programmes and of test development, processing and scoring services to educational institutions, corporations and professional bodies around the world.

FT Group

FT Group

The FT Group provides business and financial news, data, comment and analysis, in print and online, to the international business community.

FT Publishing includes: the globallyfocused Financial Times newspaper and website; a range of specialist financial magazines and online services; and Mergermarket, which provides proprietary forward-looking insights and intelligence to businesses and financial institutions.

Interactive Data is Pearson’s 62%-owned provider of specialist financial data to financial institutions and retail investors, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:IDC).

The FT Group also has a 50% ownership stake in both The Economist Group and FTSE International.



Penguin publishes over 4,000 fiction and non-fiction books each year for readers of all ages.

Our extensive range of backlist and frontlist titles includes top literary prize winners, classics, reference volumes and children’s titles.

We rank in the top three consumer publishers, based on sales in all major English speaking and related markets, including the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, South Africa and India.

Penguin is well known for its iconic Penguin brand but we also publish under many other imprints including Hamish Hamilton, Putnam, Berkley, Dorling Kindersley, Puffin and Ladybird.

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