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Twitter Names Marjorie Scardino as First Woman to Join Board

Twitter Inc. named former Pearson Plc Chief Executive Officer Marjorie Scardino to its board after the microblogging service faced criticism that it lacked women in its top ranks.

The appointment of Scardino, 66, is effective immediately, Twitter said today in a filing. She led Pearson, the education and publishing company, from 1997 to last year. The addition of Scardino expands Twitter’s board to eight people.