On Purpose

Tom Byam Cook

I have a background including advertising, brand management, management consulting and programme management. I have recently graduated with an MBA achieved across London Business School, MIT Sloan and Harvard Business School. Currently I work on the conception of and management of products within technology, for Pearson, a major publishing group. In this work I have experience of managing global teams across China, India, the U.S., South America, South Africa, Australia and Europe. A product-focused role is a sweet-spot for me as it requires creative ideas, commercial awareness, detailed research and careful execution. Pearson are increasingly focused on products to improve the experience of and engagement in education through technology, as am I. Going forward I aim to focus increasingly on how to innovate within education using technology, with work kicking off on some formative projects specific to African markets. I would call myself a creative problem solver who is obsessively organised. I thrive on tackling sticky challenges in new ways and love long hours discussing new ideas. I look forward to working with OnPurpose to help others find their best focus for their career and help in working on some of the interesting challenges faced by OnPurpose’s placement organisations.