A former counsel to some of the world’s largest brands, including GlaxoSmithKline and Colgate-Palmolive has joined the international CBD group Chill Brands.
Scott Thompson has been appointed to Chill Brand’s board as an independent non-executive director.
As former general counsel intellectual property for Mars Inc. and assistant general counsel of Philip Morris Companies, Thompson has almost forty years of intellectual property law experience. He is recognised by the World Trademark Reporter as one of the top 300 trademark attorneys in the world.
Co-CEO and Founder of Chill Brands, Trevor Taylor, said: “We are excited to welcome Scott E. Thompson to Chill Brands and are confident in his ability to guide the Company as it becomes a global consumer packaged goods brand.
“His appointment to the Board shows that we are serious about our commitment to corporate governance. When building a world class brand, you must have best in class experience, talent and leadership. We have all three in Scott E. Thompson.”
Thompson added: “I am pleased to be joining the Chill Brands Board and look forward to working with the expert team they are building.
“Chill is a powerful brand that has the potential to become a household name. It requires a robust strategy to protect its intellectual property and reach its true potential as a CPG [consumer packaged goods] company.
“As a non-executive director, my task now is to keep the team accountable and guide the company as it grows.”
Thompson was most recently general counsel, intellectual property/marketing properties for Mars Inc., where he oversaw global intellectual property/marketing properties for all of the company’s businesses and enhanced the global licensing and compliance program for all Mars brands, including M&M’s World Stores.
At GlaxoSmithKline, Thompson served as vice president, global trademarks, and as global head of a 50-person tri-location trademark department responsible for trademark, copyright, unfair competition, and internet and intranet matters for the world’s second-largest pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare company.
At Colgate-Palmolive, he served as vice president and associate general counsel, where he managed the department responsible for global trademark, copyright, unfair competition, and Internet matters.
Thompson also served as assistant general counsel at Philip Morris, where he was responsible for trademark, copyright, unfair competition, and advertising issues, and had jurisdiction over tobacco products worldwide and food, beer, clothing, and miscellaneous products outside of the US.
Chill Brands has stated that the board is considering a share-based compensation package in relation to Thompson’s appointment.