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Author and Pearson CLO Bjarne Tellmann Visits ACC members in India

O n November 7, ACC and Khaitan & Co presented an evening with Bjarne Tellmann, renowned author, ACC Docket columnist, and general counsel and chief legal officer of Pearson PLC.

At the event, Tellmann discussed the role of the modern general counsel, which has become one of the most complex, intense, and challenging roles in the world. Using lessons outlined in his recent book, Building an Outstanding Legal Team: Battle-Tested Strategies for General Counsel, Tellmann offered nuanced strategies for how the general counsel can find a seat at the executive table and advocate for the law department’s voice within the company. He was interviewed by Shukula Wassan, executive director — legal & company secretary of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Private Limited.

The general counsel of today must lead, unify, and inspire diverse groups of people across the globe with subtlety and diplomacy. Tellmann and Wassan offered practical, thoughtful, and innovative advice on how to build and run an outstanding legal team in an age of disruptive technology and innovation. At Pearson, Tellmann leads 170 professionals across six continents. He is currently the author of the “Career Path” column for ACC Docket.

Following the program, a reception provided attendees with an opportunity to build meaningful connections, as well as meet with Tellmann to discuss further takeaways from his book. The event was well received by those at the session, with attendees from companies like Coca-Cola, GSK India, Microsoft, Indigo Airlines, and Cairn Vendata.

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Bjarne Tellmann, general counsel and chief legal officer of Pearson PLC, and Shukula Wassan, executive director — legal and company secretary of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Private Limited, discuss leadership strategies for the modern general counsel.

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