Pearson has appointed Omar Abbosh as CEO and executive director, effective early 2024. He will succeed Andy Bird, who is retiring. Abbosh is currently president of Microsoft's Industry Solutions. Prior to Microsoft, he spent three decades at Accenture in numerous senior leadership roles, including CSO and ultimately as chief executive of the global communications, technology and media business. He is also a member of the board of Zuora Inc.
"On behalf of the board and the Pearson team, I would like to thank Andy for his outstanding leadership over the last three years," said Pearson chair Omid Kordestani. "Andy has implemented an ambitious vision and strategy for the company and has successfully transitioned Pearson into a consumer-focused business, orientated around lifelong learning. He has driven substantial cultural and organizational change and delivered consistently strong financial performance. With Pearson on firm foundations and with a trajectory for growth, Andy feels now is the right time to hand the reins to a successor."
Kordestani called Abbosh "an inspirational, dynamic and growth orientated leader with deep commercial, technology and operational expertise focused on delivering high quality services and products across diverse markets and customer sets. He has extensive experience in creating and executing strategies to enable companies to harness technology and succeed in a world of disruptive change. He shares our values and our ambition and has a strong track record of execution."
Abbosh commented: "I am honored to have been appointed as the next chief executive of Pearson. The company is at an exciting stage of its growth journey in markets that are increasingly digital. I look forward to building on the strategic growth opportunities, along with the leadership team, placing Pearson in the vanguard of lifelong learning. Education and learning are fundamental to help people progress through their lives and I am thrilled to work with our customers and partners to build on Pearson's heritage and deliver on the next chapter for all our stakeholders. This is a truly vital mission."
Bird said: "It has been an enormous privilege to lead Pearson through a period of significant change over the last three years. The business is now firmly established as a digital-first learning company, with technology driving significant growth.... We are well positioned for future growth with a clear vision and a strong management team to deliver it. I am confident that Omar has the right skillset and experience to take Pearson forward."
Irish bookseller Dubray Books has assumed management of the Gutter Bookshop in Dublin after the shop's founder, Bob Johnston, announced he was stepping down from running the business after 14 years, the Bookseller reported. The Gutter Bookshop in Dublin's Temple Bar was established in 2009, and opened a second bookshop in Dalkey in 2013. At the 2017 British Book Awards, the Gutter Bookshop was awarded Independent Bookshop of the Year for U.K. & Ireland.
Both bookshops will continue doing business as the Gutter Bookshop. Marta Starosta, the current online and festivals manager, will be the overall manager.
"As book trade colleagues we have always had great respect for and a fond relationship with the Gutter team," said Dubray Books managing director Maria Dickenson. "Dubray and the Gutter share a love of books as well as a genuine commitment to building relationships with customers, authors and the trade, and we are immensely proud to have the opportunity to support this fantastic business."
Johnston added: "As Irish booksellers with many years of experience, I am certain that Dubray will continue to run our bookshops in a customer-focused style--which is all I could ever hope for. I really want to thank everyone--loyal customers, authors, publishers, festivals, friends, family, our amazing staff and everyone else--who have made the Gutter Bookshop such a huge success over the past 14 years." --Robert Gray