Tim Larson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jostens advised that he is resigning from Jostens. Tim will remain available to assist with the transition.
Tim has been with Jostens for 20 years. He has held a variety of leadership positions at Jostens in general management, technology, e-business and marketing. He became the general manager of Jostens' Memory Book business in 2005 and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2008.
Tim provided the following comments, "It's been a tremendous honor to work with Jostens customers, sales representatives and employees. That's why this decision was so difficult and came after substantial evaluation. Thank you to everyone across the Jostens team. Your dedication, drive and care for what we do and represent are, and will always be, inspiring to me. This is a great company with a strong team in place and I look forward to seeing the progress continue."
The Jostens Leadership Team, which has been instrumental in providing direction and management under Tim's leadership, will continue to provide senior leadership to the Jostens organization. Jim Simpson, who has served as Jostens' Chief Financial Officer since 2010, will be the key point of contact for Jostens' day-to-day operations during the interim period.
The Board of Directors has initiated a search to fill the President and Chief Executive Officer position.
Commenting on Tim's resignation, the Board of Directors provided the following statement, "The Board of Directors would like to thank Tim for his 20 years of service to Jostens. Tim is commended for his two decades of innovation and his many contributions to Jostens. We appreciate Tim's assistance in assuring a smooth transition and wish him the very best in his pursuits.
"While Tim will be missed by his colleagues, we look forward to the next phase of growth and innovation and are confident that Jostens' employees and sales representatives will continue to ensure Jostens' position as a market leader.
"The Board and shareholders of Jostens are proud of Jostens' mission to be the best in delivering products and services that help people tell their stories and recognize achievement, and remain committed to assuring the investment and support at Jostens to position it for a highly successful future."
Minneapolis-based Jostens provides products, programs and services that help people tell their stories, celebrate important traditions and recognize achievements. The company's products include school yearbooks and other memory book products, scholastic products such as class rings and graduation products, and products for athletic champions and their fans. Jostens is a subsidiary of Visant Corporation, a marketing and publishing services enterprise servicing the school affinity, direct marketing, fragrance and cosmetics and personal care sampling and packaging, and educational and trade publishing segments.