Johnson Publishing COO Steps Down

Johnson Publishing, the company behind Ebony and Jet, today announced that president and chief operating officer Anne Sempowski Ward has resigned from her position. She said in announcement of her departure that she would be joining her husband in his consulting business.

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.”