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Pearson, a British education publishing company, has appointed a new CEO.

Andy Bird, former president and chairman of Walt Disney International, will take over as chief executive on Oct. 19, Pearson said in a statement. He will replace outgoing CEO John Fallon, who announced in December that he would retire this year.

Bird has also served as a nonexecutive director at Pearson and was appointed to the board on May 1, 2020. Bird’s appointment to CEO is subject to shareholder approval.