Herff Jones Taps Next President

VarsityINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Effective January 1, 2013, Jeff Webb will assume the office of President and Chief Operating Officer of Herff Jones, Inc. Joe Slaughter, Herff Jones CEO, will assist in the transition with plans to retire in June of 2014.

Jeff Webb is a native of Dallas, Texas and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Webb is the founder and CEO of Varsity Brands, the leading company in the global school spirit market. Beginning with overnight summer training camps for high school and college cheerleaders in the Southeast and Midwest, Varsity quickly grew to also include a full line of uniforms and a series of nationally-televised competitions that have sustained a 35-year track record of growth and profitability. Through a merger on July 29, 2011, Varsity joined the Herff Jones family of companies. Jeff has been a member of the Herff Jones board since the merger.


Herff Jones works closely with customers to create a climate of achievement through graduation products, class rings and jewelry, yearbooks, educational publishing, and motivation and recognition tools. The company provides guidance, support and quality products to elementary and middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities, church organizations, professional and collegiate sports teams, and corporations. Founded nearly 100 years ago, Herff Jones is an employee-owned organization focused on building long-term relationships through a nationwide network of trusted, expert sales representatives.


Varsity is the source for all things related to cheerleading and dance team. With a rich heritage and traditions dating back to 1974, Varsity is an innovative global leader comprised of the leading spirit brands and organizations including its educational camps, clinics, competitions and uniforms to teams around the world. Varsity’s National Championships, many of which are held at the Walt Disney World Resorts, have been televised on ESPN Networks for more than 25 years. Sponsors for Varsity events include Gatorade, Degree Girl, Playtex Sport and PBTeen. For more information about Varsity, please visit http://www.varsity.com.