August 10th, 2010
02:01 PM ET
4 years ago

Desiree Rogers lands CEO job in Chicago

 Former White House social secretary Desiree Rogers has a new job in Chicago.
Former White House social secretary Desiree Rogers has a new job in Chicago.

Washington (CNN) - The state dinner crasher scandal may have pushed Desiree Rogers out of Washington but the former White House social secretary has found a soft landing in Chicago.

Rogers has accepted a position as Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Publishing Company, Inc (JPC), according to a company statement. JPC is an African American owned and operated publishing company, which manages a portfolio that includes Ebony and Jet Magazines.

Rogers announced her intention to leave the social office 14 months into her tenure as social secretary. She had been charged with shaping the Obama brand when President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama first moved into the White House in January 2009.


In November 2009, Rogers came under fire for her handling of the Obama administration's first state dinner when a Virginia couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, attended the high profile event without an invitation, according to the US Secret Service.

In a conversation with CNN's Suzanne Malveaux at the time of her announced departure, Rogers insisted that the State Dinner did not influence her decision. "It has nothing to do with that…it's a Secret Service's job to handle security. Not the Social Secretary's office," she said.

Rogers had also been widely criticized for posing for photo spreads in Vogue and Vanity Fair, as well as attending New York's Fashion Week, with some critics suggesting she was overshadowing the first lady. In her new private sector role, she will be responsible for overseeing the day to day operations at JPC, free from the constraints and glare of official Washington.


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Good for her – I'm sure she will go a good job.

    August 10, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. Midwest

    Coat tail poistion in Chicago politics to an appointed position in the White House, screw it up and your a CEO....sweet home Chicago where political fortunes are made

    August 10, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    From a glorified secretary to the CEO of a publishing company. Must be nice to have contacts. I hope Obama taxes the living beejeezus out of your CEO salary, Ms. Rogers.

    August 10, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Chaco

    Good luck to Johnson Publishing Company, you will need it with this narcissist running the ship.

    August 10, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. Nitty

    Good for her! Good luck Ms.Rogers!

    August 10, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. matt

    Wow, I feel sorry for that publishing company.................Doesn't a CEO of a publishing company usually have to know how to publish something? or write a book or novel? or have a college degree?

    August 10, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. nini

    I would like to read the content of her recommendation letter and would be interesting to see who signed it.

    August 10, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Congrats Desiree.

    August 10, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. Dave

    Does anyone really care!!!!

    August 10, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. worriedmom

    duh who would have thought. WH takes care of its own

    August 10, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Dar

    Chicago, never thought she would end up there, did any of you??????

    August 10, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. kyle from ohio

    Good for Her, God is good all the time.

    August 10, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. montag

    Congratulations on your new gig, Desiree. Good for you!

    August 10, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. hypocricnnation

    I Hope That In Desiree Rogers First Act Under Ebony Or Jet As CEO Is To Do An Editorial Column Blasting The Irresponsible Behaviors (HypocriCNN! Especially) Of Some In The Media.

    August 10, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. Stewart - Las Vegas

    Good for her

    August 10, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. diridi

    who is she????

    August 10, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. Granger

    a nothing person, who possesses no credible worth...again, gets rewarded thanks to Obama...I'm sure he arranged the job for her...

    August 10, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. NYC REPUB

    I thought socialist didn't believe in capitalism??
    Just another right wing theory refuted.

    August 10, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |