04/22/2014 05:31 pm ET Updated Apr 22, 2014

Ebony Magazine Names Mitzi Miller As New Editor-In-Chief Succeeding Amy DuBois Barnett

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Ebony magazine has announced a major change to its staff, naming Mitzi Miller as the new editor-in-chief of the publication.

Desiree Rogers, CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, announced the change today, praising Miller's talent.

“Mitzi is a gifted editor with tremendous energy and passion, and her strong editorial background will catapult the EBONY brand to greater heights,” Rogers said in a press release. “We are thrilled to have Mitzi in our JPC family and are excited to see the new direction she will bring to the magazine.”

Miller was formerly serving as editor-in-chief of JET magazine, the company's weekly publication. She took on the position in 2011, leading the 62-year-old magazine's relaunch and website redesign. She will be succeeding Amy DuBois Barnett, who has served in the role since 2010.

“I am extremely humbled to be trusted with the responsibility of leading the number one African-American publication in the country,” said Miller. “Amy Barnett is an exceptional editor, and I am honored to succeed her as editor-in-chief at EBONY. I am excited about all the possibilities as I assume my new role.”

Rogers said the change is effective immediately.