Educational-resource company Pearson, with U.S. headquarters in Hoboken, appointed Sulaekha “Sue” Kolloru as chief strategy officer, effective May 16.
Bringing more than 15 years of global strategy experience to the position, Kolloru will be responsible for driving strategic planning across the company, advising on critical global and business priorities, and helping refine Pearson’s direct-to-consumer strategy, among other tasks. She will also lead the teams responsible for data, mergers and acquisitions, and oversee other investments and partnerships that support Pearson’s strategy, the company announced May 6.
Kolloru most recently served as vice president of international-portfolio strategy and transformation at Delta Air Lines, as well as vice president of corporate strategy. Before Delta, Kolloru was partner and managing director at global management strategy consulting firm The Boston Consulting Group, serving with BCG for more than 13 years.
“Sue brings a strong strategy background guiding companies across consumer and technology sectors,” Andy Bird, Pearson’s CEO, said in a statement. “Her experience building enterprise strategy teams and her track record of leading them through large scale transformations, will help drive Pearson’s focus on executing today and planning for tomorrow.”
Kolloru will report directly to Bird and will be based in Atlanta.
She earned an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Ottawa in Canada. Kolloru has served on several boards and nonprofit councils focused on diversity and STEM, including the advisory council for The Jimmy Carter Center, Women in Technology and The University of Ottawa Engineering Department.