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Building An Outstanding Legal Team

Presentation Summary:

​In a practical “how to” talk, Bjarne P Tellmann, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of Pearson, will draw upon his more than 20 years of leading top legal organizations across Europe, Asia and the United States to provide a structured plan for upgrading your legal team in an age of disruption. At a time of exponential change, the role of the general counsel has become one of the most complex, intense and challenging in the corporate world. GCs, must lead, unify and inspire diverse groups of people across the globe with subtlety and diplomacy. GCs must react with ever-fewer resources and at a time when the legal profession itself is undergoing disruption. To succeed, GCs must become their own mini-chief executives. They must lead, communicate, inspire, build cultures, manage talent, formulate and execute strategies, ensure efficacy, anticipate and manage risk and manage quality control – all in addition to being top-notch lawyers. Bjarne’s talk will consider these issues, drawing upon the approach he has outlined in his new book, “Building an Outstanding Legal Team” (


Presenter Bio:

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.

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