By SANDRA GUY
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.