Wed 11 Aug, 2010 11:19 am
Filed under Executives, Featured, Media
Desiree Rogers named CEO of Johnson Publishing
By Zoe Galland | Posted yesterday at 10:22 a.m.
Desiree Rogers, the Chicago executive and former White House Social Secretary who was vaulted to international notoriety after uninvited guests crashed a state dinner, has been named the new CEO of Johnson Publishing Co., the publishers of Ebony and Jet magazines.
Rogers had been consulting for the Chicago-based publishing and cosmetics company on a two-month contract. She will now take over day-to-day operations.
In July, Anne Sempowski Ward, the former president and chief operating officer of Johnson Publishing, said she was stepping down, which prompted speculation that Rogers was in line for the job.
“Desiree has a proven track record of successful business leadership,” said Linda Johnson Rice, the company’s chairman, in a statement. “She is a longstanding confidant and a savvy businesswoman who is committed to the strategic growth of Johnson Publishing Company.”
(Obama's loss yields Chicago's gain.)