Pearson appoints former Delta Air Lines exec Kolloru as chief strategy officer

Learning company Pearson on Friday said that, effective May 16, Sulaekha “Sue” Kolloru has been named its new chief strategy officer. She will focus on driving strategic planning across the company, advise on critical global and business priorities, help refine Pearson’s direct-to-consumer strategy and chart the course for future growth.

Reporting directly to CEO Andy Bird, Kolloru will also lead the Hoboken-based company’s teams responsible for data and mergers & acquisitions, and oversee other investments and partnerships that support Pearson’s strategy.

Kolloru brings more than 15 years of global strategy experience, most recently as the vice president of international portfolio strategy and transformation at Delta Air Lines, where she built and led a new function focused on its international airline partners. While there, Kolloru identified and executed short- and long-term operational impact through Delta and its partners’ collective scale. She also served as the vice president of corporate strategy, where she led many of Delta’s strategic and cross-functional programs.

“Sue brings a strong strategy background guiding companies across consumer and technology sectors,” Bird said. “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.”

Prior to Delta, Kolloru was partner and managing director at the Boston Consulting Group, a global management strategy consulting firm. During her 13-plus years at BCG, she worked with many of the world’s leading technology and telecommunication C-suite executives on improving business and operational strategy, along with organizational effectiveness.