Marykay Wells

Marykay Wells

CIO - Pearson

Marykay is Pearson's SVP and CIO and has been with the company since 2014, based at Raleigh in North Carolina.

At university, Marykay decided to pursue a career in technology and hasn’t looked back since. She progressed from being fast tracked at General Electric’s new graduate program to CIO at Nortel, Tekelec & Extreme Networks. Today she is CIO for global education company, Pearson, leading a team of around 1000 IT professionals worldwide, building state of the art global platforms and solutions to drive a step change in efficiency, simplicity and consistently great user and customer experiences.

“My team is at the heart of the biggest digital and business transformation in Pearson’s history and we are constantly challenged to find innovative ways to learn and exploit new and emerging technologies from Big Data & Analytics through Artificial Intelligence.”

While ensuring an organisation of over 170 years old can keep pace with rapid changes in the field of technology and growing consumerization, Marykay is also active in tackling issues around diversity in the IT industry, including her role as an executive sponsor for Nevertheless, a podcast celebrating the women transforming teaching and learning through technology.  In 2018, Marykay commissioned a new Women in Technology program to attract, retain and develop talent worldwide across all Pearson Technology functions, which she now sponsors.