Former White House Social Secretary Desirée Rogers has been named chief executive officer of struggling Chicago-based Johnson Publishing, the world’s largest African-American owned and operated publishing company.

Linda Johnson Rice, chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing Co., made the announcement on Johnson Publishing’s Web site Aug. 10. Rice touted Rogers, who stepped down from her high-profile position with the Obama administration, as a leader with proven business acumen.

“Desirée has a proven track record of successful business leadership,” said Rice in the prepared statement. “She is a longstanding confidant and a savvy businesswoman who is committed to the strategic growth of Johnson Publishing Company. I look forward to working side by side with her as we embark upon this next phase for the company.”

In her new position, Rogers will oversee the company’s daily operations and will be responsible for strategizing Johnson Publishing’s numerous brands. The New Orleans native earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wellesley College and earned a master’s in business administration from Harvard University’s Business School. Before joining the Obama administration, she served on several non-profit and corporate boards including the Museum of Science and Industry, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and Equity Residential.

Rogers came under public scrutiny in November 2009 after White House intruders Michaele and Tareq Salahi made their way into a gala hosted by Rogers’ office. Although the Secret Service ultimately took blame for the gaffe, she resigned from her post several months later.

Rogers is now charged with assisting the company as it faces falling revenue and decreased advertisements in its publications, which include EBONY and JET magazines and Fashion Fair Cosmetics.?In a statement, Rogers said she was “humbled to have such an incredible opportunity” with Johnson Publishing.

She added, “I consider it an honor to help continue the 68-year legacy of such a phenomenal company and its iconic brands.”