Johnson Publishing Company has turned to print industry veteran Stephen Gregory Barr to fill the post of SVP and group publisher at Ebony and Jet magazines.  Barr will oversee development and execution of the publishing department’s editorial agenda and act as a key player in the sale of print, digital, and sponsorship material related to Ebony and Jet.  JPC CEO Desiree Rogers is optimistic that Barr will be a valuable addition to the company.

Bringing Stephen on at this time is part of our overall strategy to continue to build the strength of Ebony and Jet as the most influential titles in the urban market place. Barr’s proven track record of building value for both consumers of and advertisers in print will bolster the team of top-in-class publishing professionals that we have named at JPC in recent months.

Prior to joining JPC, Barr was publisher of OK! magazine and also held publishing titles at VIVmag and InStyle magazine group.  He worked in sales and advertising roles at former Rodale title Backpacker, Esquire, the Elle magazine group, and National Geographic Traveler. Barr will begin work in his new position on Feb. 21 and report to Rogers at JPC’s New York offices.