Gene Dunkin, a seasoned leader of consumer businesses with more than 15 years of chocolate industry experience at Godiva Chocolatier, has been named CEO of Thompson Brands.

While at Godiva, Dunkin held several key functional and general management roles as SVP of Global Marketing and Sales, president of Europe and Asia, and president of North America. He also played a major role in increasing Godiva’s worldwide sales by more than 475% during his tenure.

Prior to Godiva, Dunkin progressed through a series of marketing and sales management positions of increasing responsibility at Cuisinarts, Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson and Chesebrough-Pond’s.

Thompson Brands, founded in 1879 in Meriden, Conn., is one of America’s oldest chocolate companies.  Thompson is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium chocolate molded novelties under the Thompson brand, private label products and infused chocolate health supplements under the Adora brand. For more information, visit www.thompsonbrands.com.