Bjarne P. Tellmann
Bjarne P. Tellmann is General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of Pearson, a FTSE 100 company with over 30,000 employees in 70 countries that provides a range of education products and services to institutions, governments and individual learners. At Pearson, Bjarne leads a team of 170 legal professionals across six continents.
Bjarne previously worked across Europe, Asia and the United States in various capacities with Coca-Cola, most recently as Associate General Counsel of The Coca-Cola Company. He has also held various legal positions at Kimberly-Clark and the law firms of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and White & Case LLP.
Originally from Norway, Bjarne holds a J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago, a M.Sc. (Econ.) from The London School of Economics, and has completed Harvard Law School’s Leadership in Corporate Counsel program.
Bjarne is passionate about education. At Pearson, he heads up an innovative mentorship program that the legal department developed in collaboration with the National Federation of the Blind to mentor young disabled legal professionals. He also sits on a panel of general counsel advisors assisting the UK’s CASS business school in developing a legal-focused MBA. He serves on the Alumni Board of The University of Chicago as well as on its Law School Council.
Prior to studying law, he was a professional actor, having appeared in several Norwegian and Swedish films and TV shows.
Bjarne is a frequent speaker, panelist and lecturer in the US and Europe, and he publishes regularly. He is the author of the "Career Path" column in the ACC Docket, the award-winning journal of the Association of Corporate Counsel and he serves on the Editorial Board of Modern Legal Practice. Bjarne’s book, "Building an Outstanding Legal Team: Battle-Tested Strategies from a General Counsel", was published earlier this year.