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Desiree Rogers new Johnson Publishing CEO; Ebony, JET

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By SANDRA GUY
Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO--Desiree Rogers, former White House social secretary and Illinois Lottery director, has been named chief executive officer of Johnson Publishing Company, the Chicago-based publisher of Ebony and JET magazines, the company announced today.

Rogers had been working as a consultant to the company since June 5.

Linda Johnson Rice, daughter of the company's founder who held the title, will remain as chairman.

"Desiree has a proven track record of successful business leadership," Rice said in a statement.

Rogers will oversee day-to-day operations and be responsible for aligning core business strategies for all of the company's brands.

Rogers said in a statement, "I consider it an honor to help continue the 68-year legacy of such a phenomenal company and its iconic brands."

Johnson Publishing, beset by falling advertising revenues, recently started a management reshuffling, beginning with the June 3 announcement that the company is no longer for sale and the hiring that same day of Amy DuBois Barnett as the new editor in chief of Ebony magazine.

On July 13, the company announced that its president and chief operating officer, Anne Sempowski Ward, had resigned.

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Congratulations to you for luring Desiree to your team. I wish you all the best. It was my honor to have worked with this leader while I was with Peoples Energy from 2000 to 2005, and while there, I developed the greatest respect for her. She's a winner, extremely competent, and frankly I'm glad that she parted company with the administration in DC. I wish her, and you, only the very best. fyi, I'm a white Republican, but that is neither here nor there.

As the saying goes, "I just talked Desiree up" I was wondering what had happened to her since those "gate crashers" cost her her job. I couldn't believe that the sista got the shaft and the wife got a new reality show. It just goes to prove that no matter how dumb or insignifican if you're white and blonde in this country you'll be forgiven anything!
Congrats to Desiree'-never let them see you sweat!

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