June 01, 2017
James Thompson Named Avon’s General Counsel
London-based Avon Products Inc., the company for women, recently announced that it has appointed James Thompson as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, effective Aug. 1.
Thompson previously served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary to Chiquita Brands International Inc. for nine years. He is an experienced general counsel with significant global experience, including handling a range of highly complex operational, governance, regulatory and transactional matters.
Prior to Chiquita, Thompson was Group Vice President and General Counsel at McLeodUSA, a publicly traded telecommunications company, and Director, International Legal at a top direct selling company. His earlier experience includes significant domestic U.S. and international antitrust and corporate work at the law firm Jones Day in Washington D.C. and Brussels.
Thompson will succeed Jeff Benjamin, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, who as previously announced will be retiring from Avon.
Thompson will be based at Avon’s headquarters in London and report directly to CEO Sheri McCoy.
“I am pleased to welcome James to Avon,” said McCoy. “He is a seasoned and highly talented General Counsel, with broad international experience across many industries. As a member of the Avon executive team, James will play an important role as we drive sustainable profitable growth.”