Bachelor, Baylor University Juris Doctor, U. San Francisco.
She is the former Chief Executive Officer of Pearson Public Limited Company. Dame Marjorie became a trustee of Oxfam during her tenure at Pearson. She has been criticized by Private Eye magazine because, while Oxfam campaigns against corporate tax avoidance as part of the IF Coalition, Pearson was "a prolific tax haven user..routing hundreds of millions of pounds through an elaborate series of Luxembourg companies (and a Luxembourg branch of a United Kingdom company) to avoid tax". She became the first female Chief Executive of a FTSE 100 company when she was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Pearson in 1997.
She is also a non-executive director of Nokia and former Chief Executive Officer of the Economist Group.
During her time at Pearson, she had tripled profits to a record £942m. In December 2013, she joined the board of Twitter as its first female director, after a controversy involving a lack of diversity on the Twitter board.
Scardino was born in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1947, but grew up in Texarkana, Texas. While living in Texas she participated in rodeo riding as a teenager.
Scardino is a graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor in French and psychology in 1969.
She began law school at George Washington University but dropped out to become a journalist and later obtained her law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Before 1985, Scardino was the editor of the newspaper, The Georgia Gazette. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
In 2007, she was listed 17th on the Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women in the World.
On October 3, 2012, it was announced that she will step down as Chief Executive Officer of Pearson to be replaced by John Fallon. In December 2013, she joined the board of Twitter as its first female director, after a controversy involving a lack of diversity on the Twitter board.
In 2014, Scardino received an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Roehampton.
She is the board chair of the MacArthur Foundation and a board member of the Carter Center.
Married Albert James Scardino, April 19, 1974. Children: Adelaide Katherine Morris, William Brown, Albert Henry Hugh.