John Makinson — Board Member and Chair of the Board of Directors
Chairman of Kano
John Makinson was with the Penguin Group for almost 15 years, first as Chairman and CEO of Penguin Group, then as Chairman of Penguin Random House. He recently became the Chairman of Kano, a fast-growing British company that makes computer kits for children to assemble and learn to program. John has previously served as a co-Chair of the International Rescue Committee (UK) and Chairman of the National Theatre as well as The Institute for Public Policy Research, the UK’s leading progressive think tank.
John began his career as a journalist. Following a time in the United States with Saatchi & Saatchi, he returned to the UK to establish Makinson Cowell, an independent consultancy. He also served as Managing Director at the Financial Times and Financial Director of Pearson, the FT’s parent organization.