In June we announced that Desiree Rogers had assumed a new position as a consultant helping her buddy Linda Johnson Rice’s company, Johnson Publishing. Today it was announced that Desiree has been named CEO of Johnson Publishing and that Linda Johnson Rice will continue as chairman of the company. We’re not too surprised as there have been many changes there over the past few months, not only with Desiree’s role within the company but also Amy DuBois Barnett brought in as Editor-in-Chief of Ebony, replacing Harriette Cole and the departure of former president and COO, Anne Sempowski Ward in July.
But will a new regime really save Johnson Publishing? We saw that changes with bringing in Bryan Monroe in 2006 and Anne Sempowski Ward and Harriette Cole in 2007 did not achieve the high hopes once expected. Maybe having someone new at the helm will be able to turn the iconic company around. What do you think?