Hire an Esquire Announces Appointment of Bjarne Philip Tellmann to its Board of Directors

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Renown, transformational General Counsel brings his in-house leadership experience and innovation insight to Hire an Esquire.


Bjarne Philip Tellmann

Bjarne brings valuable perspectives to the Hire an Esquire team on the challenges and opportunities faced by corporate legal department leaders.

Hire an Esquire, a SaaS company providing on-demand legal talent for law firms and in-house legal departments, today announced that Bjarne Philip Tellmann, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of Pearson, has joined its Board of Directors.

Julia Shapiro, Hire an Esquire CEO stated, “Bjarne brings valuable perspectives to the Hire an Esquire team on the challenges and opportunities faced by corporate legal department leaders. Dixon Doll [Hire an Esquire’s lead investor] and I are excited for Bjarne to bring his informed imagination and track record of developing the legal industry solutions of the future to the Hire an Esquire board.”

Background on Bjarne Philip Tellmann

Tellmann is General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of Pearson and a member of its Executive team. An FTSE 100 company with more than 30,000 employees in 70 countries, Pearson is the world's leading learning business. It provides a range of education products and services to institutions, governments, and individual learners, helping people make progress in their lives through learning.

At Pearson, Tellmann leads a team of approximately 170 people on six continents across the company’s legal, compliance, security and company secretary functions. During his tenure, he has overhauled the department, including right-sizing spend, optimizing service delivery, appointing outside panels, deploying technology, building culture, and developing talent.

Bjarne has received multiple awards for legal excellence on both sides of the Atlantic. Most recently, he was named “2017 General Counsel of the Year” at The British Legal Awards.

Prior to Pearson, Bjarne worked across Europe, Asia, and the United States in various capacities with Coca-Cola, most recently as Associate General Counsel of The Coca-Cola Company. He has also held various legal positions at Kimberly-Clark and the law firms of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and White & Case LLP.

Bjarne is a frequent speaker, panelist, and lecturer in the US, Europe, and Asia. He also publishes regularly. His book, “Building an Outstanding Legal Team: Battle-Tested Strategies from a General Counsel” (Globe Law and Business) was released in May 2017. Bjarne serves on The University of Chicago's Alumni Board and its Law School Council, as well as on the Editorial Board of Modern Legal Practice.

About Hire an Esquire

Law firms and in-house legal teams use Hire an Esquire to hire, manage, and pay on-demand legal talent through one user-friendly interface. Law practices receive instant candidate results from its matching algorithm that utilizes 20+ objective data points to find the perfect fit from a vetted, national network of 8,000+ legal professionals. For more information about Hire an Esquire, visit: http://www.hireanesquire.com.

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