Pearson has appointed Lincoln Wallen as an independent non-executive director, effective from 1st January 2016.
Wallen is chief technology officer for DreamWorks Animation, the global family entertainment firm, a position he has held since 2012, having joined the company as head of research and development in 2008.
Prior to DreamWorks Animation, Wallen served for four years as chief technology officer for the mobile business of Electronic Arts, Inc., a leading interactive entertainment software company. He has also held senior positions at Criterion Software, MathEngine plc and the Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics & System Engineering.
Wallen was formerly a lecturer and reader in computation at the University of Oxford for 10 years. He also held the British Petroleum Venture Research Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin. He has a degree in Maths and Physics from Durham University, a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and an honorary doctorate from the University of Edinburgh.
Pearson chairman Glen Moreno said: "Lincoln is a renowned leader in his field who brings with him huge levels of expertise and experience. His appointment further strengthens our digital and technology capabilities.
"Like thousands of Pearson employees across the globe, Lincoln has a background in education and teaching. He is passionate about how technology can improve educational outcomes, and will no doubt become a major asset for Pearson."
Wallen said: "Technology has fundamentally revolutionised the animation and gaming industries, like many others, but education has yet to harness its full potential. I am a strong believer in the power of education, and I am looking forward to helping Pearson to grow our impact and improve educational outcomes."