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Bjarne Tellmann

Bjarne Tellmann

Pearson PLC
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
New York, NY, USA


Bjarne P. Tellmann is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Pearson PLC, the world's leading education business. A FTSE 40 company with 40,000 employees in over 70 countries, Pearson provides a range of education products and services to institutions, governments and individual learners.  The company recently sold its media interests, including The Financial Times and The Economist, but retains an interest in consumer publishing as co-owner of Penguin Random House. At Pearson, Mr. Tellmann leads a global legal team of approximately 170 people across six continents.

Mr. Tellmann previously served in various capacities at The Coca-Cola Company, including Associate General Counsel, General Counsel Asia-Pacific, and General Counsel Japan. Prior to that, he was Deputy General Counsel of Coca-Cola HBC, one of the world’s largest independent bottling groups, with 550 million consumers in 28 countries spanning Russia, Eurasia, Europe and Africa. Mr. Tellmann also held legal positions at Kimberly-Clark and at the law firms of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and White & Case LLP in various locations in Europe and the United States.

Mr. Tellmann was recently recognized as a "2016 Legend in Law" winner of The Burton Awards, which are held in association with the Library of Congress and co-sponsored by the American Bar Association. He was also included in the 2016 UK GC PowerList, which focuses on general counsel in the UK and Europe. The Lawyer magazine named him as one of its “Hot 100” lawyers in 2015 and profiled him in a cover article in May 2015. The Pearson legal team was recently shortlisted for the second year running by The Lawyer Awards as “Technology/Media/Telecoms Team of the Year”.

Mr. Tellmann is a frequent speaker, panelist and lecturer in the US and Europe and publishes regularly.

Originally from Norway, Mr. Tellmann is a member of the New York and Georgia Bars and is a qualified Solicitor in England and Wales. He holds a Juris Doctor with Honors from The University of Chicago, a M.Sc. (Econ.) from The London School of Economics and a PG Dip. with Merit in European Competition Law from King's College, University of London. He received his B.A., Summa cum Laude from Boston University.

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