Pearson plc (LSE: PSON; NYSE: PSO) is a global media company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is both the largest education company and the largest book publisher in the world, with consumer imprints including Penguin, Dorling Kindersley and Ladybird. It also owns the Financial Times Group, which is the publisher of the Financial Times.
It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. Marjorie Scardino has been CEO since 1997.
The Company was founded by Samuel Pearson in 1844 as a building and engineering concern operating under the name of S. Pearson & Son. In 1880, control passed to his grandson Weetman, an engineer, who in 1890 moved the business to London and turned it into one of the world's largest construction companies.