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Bjarne Tellmann on the changing role of the General Counsel

25 October @ 5:30 pm

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Bjarne P. Tellmann, General Counsel and member of the Executive of Haleon and author of “Building an Outstanding Legal Team”, considers the changing role of the General Counsel in a world and legal industry that is undergoing rapid innovation and disruption.

The challenge: In an era of exponential change, the role of the general counsel (GC) has become one of the most complex, intense, and challenging in the corporate world. GCs must lead, unify, and inspire diverse teams of people across the globe with subtlety and diplomacy. The stakes have never been higher and the consequences of getting it wrong can be existential. GCs must do this with ever-fewer resources, and at a time when the legal profession itself is undergoing disruption and change.

The response: To succeed in this environment, GCs must become Legal CEOs. They must lead, communicate, inspire, reinforce culture, manage talent, formulate, and execute strategies, ensure efficacy, anticipate, and manage risk and manage quality control – all in addition to being top-notch lawyers.

Based on more than 25 years of experience in Europe, Asia and the United States, Bjarne shares his views on career paths and serendipity, the realities of the 21st century legal organization, and what digital transformation means for the profession.

Bjarne is GC and member of the Executive at Haleon, a FTSE 20 company and a global leader in consumer health, with long-standing brands, including Sensodyne, Panadol, Advil, Theraflu, and Centrum. He was previously CLO, General Counsel and member of the Executive at Pearson, a FTSE 100. Prior to that he worked across Europe, Asia, and the United States in senior capacities with Coca-Cola, most recently as Associate General Counsel of The Coca-Cola Company. He has also held positions at Kimberly-Clark, Sullivan & Cromwell, and White & Case.

Bjarne, who has served on various public and private boards, sits on The Futures Group of the UK Civil Justice Council, which advises the Government on the long-term impact of technology on the administration of justice.

He writes regularly on leadership, disruption, and digital transformation. His book, Building an Outstanding Legal Team came out in 2017 and he has a forthcoming law review article on digital transformation in the Journal of Business and Technology Law.

Bjarne has been an Academic Visitor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford, and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, The University of Chicago, and The London School of Economics.

He has received numerous awards, including Chambers’ “GC Influencers Global 100”, “General Counsel of the Year” at The British Legal Awards, and Legal Era’s “General Counsel of the Year”.

This event will be followed by a drink reception.

Bjarne P. Tellmann
Bjarne P. Tellmann


25 October
5:30 pm
Event Category:


Law Events


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