Bjarne Tellmann

General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer

Pearson

Bjarne P. Tellmann is Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Pearson and a member of its Executive team. A FTSE 100 company with 36,000 employees in over 70 countries, Pearson provides a range of education products and services. At Pearson, Tellmann leads a legal team of approximately 160 people across six continents. He previously worked across Europe, Asia and the United States in various capacities with Coca-Cola, most recently as Associate General Counsel. He has also held various positions at Kimberly-Clark and the law firms of Sullivan & Cromwell and White & Case. Bjarne has received multiple awards for legal excellence on both sides of the Atlantic. Originally from Norway, Bjarne holds a J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago and a M.Sc. (Econ.) from The London School of Economics. 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, lecturer and author. He writes the monthly “Career Path” column in the ACC Docket, the award-winning journal of the Association of Corporate Counsel. His critically acclaimed book, “Building an Outstanding Legal Team: Battle-Tested Strategies from a General Counsel”, was published in 2017.

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