Bjarne Philip Tellmann is Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Pearson and a member of its Executive team. At Pearson, Bjarne leads a team of 170 people on six continents across the
company’s legal, compliance, security and company secretary functions.
Prior to Pearson, Bjarne 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.
Bjarne is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a leading research institute for the empirical and interdisciplinary study of law and he writes regularly on legal issues. His book, “Building an
Outstanding Legal Team: Battle-Tested Strategies from a General Counsel” (Globe Law and Business) was published in May 2017. He also co-authored “The Relationship Between the Legal Department and the Corporation” in “Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel” (Robert L. Haig ed.) (Thomson Reuters & ACC, 2018). Recent articles include “Technology and Innovation in the In-House Context” Modern Legal Practice, Vol 2, July 2017 (Globe Law and Business) and a monthly column in the ACC Docket during 2017 entitled “Career Paths”.
Bjarne has received numerous awards for contributions to the legal profession, including “General Counsel of the Year” in New York in 2018 at the Legal Era Global Achievers Awards and “General Counsel of the Year” in London in 2017 at The British Legal Awards.
Bjarne serves on the board of Hire an Esquire, an innovative, technology-driven online legal recruiting and staffing business. He also sits on The University of Chicago Alumni Board and its Law School Council, as well as on the Editorial Board of Modern Legal Practice.