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Interactive Data Adds Kilburn, Simone and Swanson to its Board

Interactive Data Corporation has added Donald Kilburn, Victor Simone and Luke Swanson to its board of directors. Simone has also been appointed to the board’s audit and independent committees. These appointments bring the total number of directors actively serving on the board to 10, including five directors affiliated with Pearson plc, Interactive Data’s majority shareholder.

Kilburn is CEO of Pearson Learning Solutions, a division of Pearson Education. From 1998 until 2008, Kilburn was president of Pearson Custom Publishing with responsibility for overseeing the firm’s higher education services and solutions business. Prior to joining Pearson Custom Publishing, Kilburn spent 12 years at Simon and Schuster Custom Publishing during which he served as editor in chief for six years, and then later became president of the business for six years.

Simone is considered an independent director under NYSE and SEC rules. He brings extensive capital markets experience to Interactive Data’s Board. Since 2006, Simone has served as North American and Asian head of the Principal Strategic Investments Group at Goldman Sachs. During his two-plus decades at Goldman Sachs, Simone has led the firm’s global eBusiness Group, its Institutional Client Services and its Private Client Services Fixed Income Group, as well as helped oversee its Innovation Committee and Fixed Income Industry Groups.

He joined Goldman Sachs in 1981 after working in the corporate banking department of Chase Bank, and he was named a managing director at Goldman Sachs in 1997. He has served as chairman of the boards of both TradeWeb Markets and Nexus, and served as a director on the Boards of APX; NYMEX Green Exchange; Perimeter Financial; and TheMarkets.com.

Swanson has served as communications director for Pearson plc, and a member of the Pearson Management Committee, since 2003. He is responsible for worldwide investor, media and government relations, corporate and internal communications. Swanson joined Pearson as head of corporate communications in 2000 from Diageo plc, where he played an instrumental communications role in the 1997 merger of Grand Metropolitan plc and Guinness plc, and subsequently established and led the communications function for Diageo’s largest business.

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