Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer
Mr. Thompson joined Avon in 2017 and is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics &Compliance Officer. He also serves on the company’s Executive Committee.
Mr. Thompson is an experienced General Counsel with significant global experience handling a range of highly complex operational, governance and transactional matters. Before joining Avon, he served nine years as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary to Chiquita Brands International, Inc, one of the world’s most iconic fresh fruit companies.
Prior to Chiquita, James served as the Group Vice President and General Counsel to McLeodUSA, a publicly-traded telecommunications company and as Director, International Legal to Alticor, the parent company of Amway, a global direct selling company. His earlier experience includes significant U.S. and international antitrust and corporate work at the law firm Jones Day. Before joining Jones Day James completed a stage as a référendaire at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and at the Legal Services of the European Commission in Brussels.
Mr. Thompson holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Michigan Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Michigan.
He has been named one of “America’s Top General Counsel” by Corporate Board Member and FTI Consulting.