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Desiree Rogers Joins Johnson Publishing, Will Work To Save Struggling Chicago Company

First Posted: 06/04/10 01:29 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:40 PM ET

Desiree Rogers
Desiree Rogers with Johnson Publishing CEO Linda Johnson Rice in March.

Former White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers has been hired by struggling Chicago-based Johnson Publishing--the world's largest African-American owned and operated publishing company.

The Root reported Friday that Rogers, who stepped down from her Obama Administration job following the 2009 White House state dinner gatecrasher debacle, would join Johnson Publishing as a consultant to get the company back on it's feet. Rogers is a longtime friend of CEO Linda Johnson Rice:

The benefit of Rogers' counsel and connections come at a time when Johnson Publishing, the world's largest African-American owned and operated publishing company, has battled against steep advertising declines -- like much of print media.

Wendy Parks, a spokeswoman for the publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines, told The Root that Rogers would "assist with corporate strategy."

The Root reports:

Rogers was still likely to receive a warm reception from her hometown crowd in Chicago, where she has long reigned as a socialite, fundraiser, and corporate power broker.
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