Pearson is an international media company and is one of the world s leading education, business information and consumer publishing companies. It is also one of the world s largest book publishers. The company offers data for financial institutions, public information systems for government departments and testing and learning software for students. Pearson has a work force of more than 30,000 employees in over 60 countries. The company s subsidiary, the Financial Times Group, is one of the world s leading business information companies. Pearson publishes novels, cookbooks, children s books, bestsellers and classics under the Penguin brand name. Its subsidiaries also include Cisco Press and Pearson Custom Publishing.