June produced significant personnel changes for Johnson Publishing Co., publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines. The first major announcement was the hiring of Amy DuBois Barnett in the role of editor-in-chief. And in a surprising move Chicago socialite and philanthropist Desiree Rogers was hired as a consultant for the company.
Today, Johnson Publishing announced that Ward had resigned and would be joining her husband in his consulting practice.
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Ward was made president and COO of Johnson Publishing in October 2008, after a year with Johnson subsidiary Fashion Fair Cosmetics. She is the first person outside the Johnson family to serve as president and COO of both the publishing and cosmetics divisions of the company.
“Anne has been a significant asset to our company and led key, corporate-wide initiatives for EBONY, JET and Fashion Fair,” said Johnson Publishing chairman and CEO Linda Johnson Rice. “During Anne’s tenure, we underwent significant restructuring and reorganization of the company,” Johnson Rice added. “Her contributions have helped to position the company for the future.”