Jeff Benjamin was Appointed as General Counsel at Avon

Date of management change: September 11, 2012 

What Happened?

New York, NY-based Avon has Appointed Jeff Benjamin as General Counsel.


About the Company

Bookseller David H. McConnell founded Avon in 1886. Since women had a passion for his products and loved networking with other women, McConnell was inspired to recruit them as Sales Representatives. From a small New York City office, McConnell himself mixed the company`s first fragrances. This began Avon’s long history of empowering women around the globe. Avon is the Company that for 130 years has proudly stood for beauty, innovation, optimism and, above all, women. Avon products include well-recognized and beloved brands such as ANEW, Avon Color, Avon Care, Skin-So-Soft, and Advance Techniques. Sold through nearly 6 million active independent Avon Sales Representatives.


About the Person

Jeff Benjamin joined Avon in 2012 and is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer. He also serves on the company’s Executive Committee.  Mr. Benjamin has more than 40 years of senior corporate legal experience.  Most recently, he served at Novartis Corporation (formerly known as Ciba-Geigy Corporation) in a variety of general counseling positions from 1986 until retiring from the company in 2011. He also held the position of Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer at Novartis from 1997 through 2010 and Chair of the Ethics & Compliance Committee through 2011.   Prior to the consummation of the merger between Ciba-Geigy and Sandoz, creating Novartis, Mr. Benjamin was General Counsel of Ciba-Geigy Corporation, representing the company in Federal Trade Commission proceedings that ultimately led to the largest corporate merger in history up until that time.  From 1986-1996, Mr. Benjamin was Vice-President, Associate General Counsel and Legal Department Director and helped institute the company’s first formal compliance program.  Also during this period, he served as the company’s Deputy Compliance Officer. Mr. Benjamin began his formal legal career as a Litigation Associate with Kronish, Lieb, Shainswit, Weiner & Hellman. He received his J.D., cum laude  from New York University Law School in 1971 and a B.A. in Government from Cornell University in 1967.  Upon graduation from law school, he was admitted into the "Order of the Coif."   In 2012 Mr. Benjamin served on the Ethics Resource Center's Advisory Group with respect to the 20th anniversary of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations.  Since 2002, he has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Brennan Center for Justice.   From 2005 through 2011, Mr. Benjamin served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association. He was recognized with Emeritus status and remains a member.


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