Pearson's legal chief on the biggest challenges facing general counsel of global companies

Pearson GC Bjarne Tellmann on on building bridges and breaking silos

More than three years into the job, Pearson general counsel and chief legal officer Bjarne Tellmann has gained a deep understanding of the challenges involved in leading the legal department behind a global company.

Some of his priorities are fairly common for department bosses, such as doing more with fewer resources and avoiding legal missteps. But leading a legal team of more than 150 professionals spread across six continents has also meant that Tellmann – who was last year named General Counsel of the Year at the British Legal Awards – has to focus on cultural sensitivity and breaking down the walls between lawyers in different geographic locations.

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