Thompson served as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary to Chiquita Brands International, Inc. for nine years. Prior, he 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.
James will succeed Jeff Benjamin, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, who as previously announced, will be retiring from Avon.
Sheri McCoy, Chief Executive Officer, said: "I am pleased to welcome James to Avon. 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."