After growing accusations of sexism with regards to its company leadership, Twitter has named former Pearson CEO Marjorie Scardino as the first female member of its board, according to an SEC filing published this morning. For 15 years, Scardino headed one of the largest multinational book publishers in the world, bringing Twitter much-needed media connections as it looks to expand internationally. Before Pearson, Scardino served as CEO of the Economist Group, publisher of the influential British magazine of same name. Twitter also announced the move on its official company account, and Scardino just created a Twitter account today and tweeted her appreciation.
We're pleased to welcome @marjscar to our board of directors.— Twitter (@twitter) December 5, 2013
@twitter Thank you. There couldn't be a more exciting time in Twitter's history to join!— Marjorie M Scardino (@marjscar) December 5, 2013
The move addresses criticism that surfaced this October, when the New York Times' Claire Cain Miller singled out the company's new board for its lack of diversity in the run up to its initial public offering. "The board? All white men. The investors? All men," Miller wrote. The criticism was met with hostility at first, most notably by CEO Dick Costolo, but the latest move suggests the company was listening after all.