Deborah H. Telman

by LP Green, II
Deborah H. Telman
Vice President & General Counsel, Building Solutions North America & Global Retail
Johnson Controls

Deborah H. Telman is VP & General Counsel, Building Solutions North America & Global Retail at Johnson Controls, where she leads the Law team supporting both JCI’s fi eld organization that delivers broad building technology, fi re protection and HVAC solutions and JCI’s Global Retail business. JCI creates intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation transportation systems that work seamlessly together to deliver smart cities and communities.


Before JCI, Telman was Divisional VP and Associate General Counsel at Abbott Laboratories, where she directed global legal operations including corporate governance, transactions, litigation and employment. She also led the company’s M&A organization for the diagnostic and nutrition business and managed the ex-US separation of Abbott’s proprietary pharmaceutical operations into a publicly traded company.


Telman was also Chief Counsel for M&A at The Boeing Company and Partner at Winston & Strawn in Chicago. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law. Involved in numerous civic organizations, she is a Board Trustee, City Colleges of Chicago and a Board member, Chicago Humanities Festival and Milwaukee Art Museum.

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