Bjarne Philip Tellmann is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of GSK Consumer Healthcare, a $12 billion revenue joint venture between GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer that is intended to list publicly via a demerger by 2022. One of the world’s leading over-the-counter healthcare companies, GSK Consumer Healthcare holds leading positions via a portfolio of power brands across numerous categories worldwide.
Immediately prior to his role at GSK, Bjarne was Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and member of the Executive at Pearson, where he led the company’s legal, compliance, security and corporate secretary functions. Pearson, a FTSE 100 company, is the world's leading learning business. He previously worked in numerous locations across Europe, Asia and the United States in senior executive 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 LLP and White & Case LLP.
He serves as a non-executive director on the board and the audit committee of Mowi ASA, the world’s leading seafood company and the largest producer of Atlantic salmon. He previously served on the boards of Coca-Cola West Co., Ltd., a $10bn publicly traded beverage business in Japan; Hire an Esquire, an innovative, technology-driven online recruiting and staffing business, and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke AG, Germany’s largest beverage company.
Bjarne writes regularly on disruption and change in the legal industry. His book, Building an Outstanding Legal Team: Battle-Tested Strategies from a General Counsel came out in May 2017. He co-authored The Relationship Between the Legal Department and the Corporation in Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel (2019) (Robert L. Haig ed.). He sits on the Editorial Board of Modern Legal Practice.
Bjarne has received numerous professional awards, including ICON’s 2020 “Top 50 Corporate Counsel”, Chambers’ 2019 “GC Influencers Global 100”, Legal Era’s 2018 “General Counsel of the Year” and 2017 “General Counsel of the Year” at The British Legal Awards. He has been named on Legal 500’s GC Power List multiple times including most recently in 2020.
Bjarne currently serves as Academic Visitor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford and is an alumnus of various institutions, including Harvard Business School, The University of Chicago, and The London School of Economics. He is a member of The University of Chicago Alumni Board and its Law School Council.