Johnson Publishing CEO Desiree Rogers leaving – Marketing/media News

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6 May 2017 | 1:03 pm

Desiree Rogers, CEO of Johnson Publishing, will exit the Chicago cosmetics company next month.

With her departure, Chairman Linda Johnson Rice will reclaim both titles of her namesake firm, the former parent of Ebony and Jet magazines.

Rogers, who led Johnson cosmetics unit Fashion Fair, will leave the company on June 2, Johnson Publishing said in a statement.

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The news comes as the Ebony and Jet operations wind down in the city after nearly all its local employees were dismissed this week, according to a source familiar with the moves. Those operations were sold to a Texas investment firm last year. The Chicago Tribune reported the magazines will move to California.

Johnson Rice, whose father founded the magazine company, had been CEO of the magazine outlet until 2010, when she tapped former White House social secretary Rogers to be CEO of Johnson Publishing.

“I have appreciated my time with the company and am proud of the work we have done here, guiding the sale of legendary assets and strengthening Fashion Fair with a new team,” Rogers said in the statement. “Now is the perfect time to pursue other interests.”

Rogers is chairman of Choose Chicago, the city’s tourism bureau, and holds board positions at Chicago institutions including the Museum of Science & Industry, World Business Chicago and the Economic Club of Chicago.

“We are well-positioned to continue my father’s legacy and move these businesses forward in the future. . . .I am delighted to resume the leadership of both companies,” Johnson Rice said in the statement.

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