The Vernon Company recently announced that Chris Vernon, Co-CEO of The Vernon Company, has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman effective July 1, 2016. Chris will continue to serve as President and manage daily business operations across all Vernon operating divisions. William F. (Bill) Vernon will continue as the Company’s Chairman.

Chris Vernon has been with the Company since 1987 and has held various responsibilities in sales and marketing. He was appointed to Co-CEO in 2014 and President and Chief Operating Officer in 1999. He is a graduate of Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest, Illinois, and has an undergraduate degree in political science and a master’s degree in business administration (Kellogg Graduate School of Management) from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He worked for Harris/Lanier Corporation and NCR Corporation in the 1980s prior to joining Vernon.

“This is another step in our succession planning & leadership transition process that has been occurring the past several decades,” stated Bill Vernon. “Chris has proven himself to be an effective leader in our business, our industry and within the community during both good and difficult business cycles.  He has also built an outstanding executive and administrative team to whom we are deeply indebted. We are very proud of the success and growth of our businesses in the promotional product and sign graphics markets.”

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The Vernon Company is recognized as one of the largest and most successful promotional product firms in North America. Founded in 1902 by F.L. Vernon, we serve more than 40,000 customers from our Newton, Iowa corporate headquarters.

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