Often called a “change agent”, Bjarne P. Tellmann, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer, Pearson PLC, leads nearly 160 legal professionals across six continents and oversees the company secretary and compliance functions. Since joining Pearson PLC in 2014, he has rebooted the legal team and culture apart from reducing controllable and non-controllable legal spend and improving engagement and quality.
Having previously worked across Europe, the United States, and Asia in various capacities, Bjarne was most recently Associate General Counsel at The Coca-Cola Company. He has also held legal positions at Kimberly-Clark, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, and White & Case LLP.
Originally from Norway, Bjarne holds a J.D. with Honors from the University of Chicago and an M.Sc. (Economics) from the London School of Economics. He has completed Harvard Law School’s Leadership in Corporate Counsel program. Interestingly, Bjarne was a professional actor before he read law and has appeared in several Norwegian and Swedish films and television shows. In May 2017, Bjarne published his book titled, “Building an Outstanding Legal Team: Battle-Tested Strategies from a General Counsel”, which was ranked number one on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Law Practice. Bjarne divides his time between New York City, where he is based, and London, where Pearson is headquartered.