Pearson announces the disposal of its interests in Pearson Institute of Higher Education (PIHE) in South Africa to a consortium of Stellenbosch Graduate Institute (SGI) and EXEO Capital. Stellenbosch Graduate Institute (SGI) is an established provider of innovative education programmes from a digital platform. EXEO Capital is a pan-African alternative investment firm. This is in line with the strategic direction Pearson has taken in recent years to shift away from physical, large-scale direct delivery services and focus on strategic opportunities. The disposal is expected to close in the first half of 2021 subject to the necessary regulatory approvals being obtained.
The expansion of the Old Navy business in Latin America continues as the brand announced Grupo Axo as Gap Inc’s exclusive franchisee for Old Navy in Mexico, just weeks after the brand’s debut of its first Caribbean store in the Dominican Republic through a franchise partnership with AR Retail S.A.
The Dominican Republic serves as an important market for the brand and is another leg of Old Navy’s Central American expansion. The Dominican Republic store opening marks the third Old Navy franchise market launch in Latin America this year, following the brand’s most recent openings in Chile and El Salvador.
“Latin America is a market with incredible potential for a brand that brings accessible and affordable fashion to all families,” said Adrienne Gernand, Managing Director of International, Global Licensing and Wholesale at Gap Inc. “Old Navy’s on-trend and value products that are sold in a unique, fun and family-friendly shopping environment are truly resonating with the customers in this market, and we are excited to continue growing the business through partnerships.”