The Washington Times - June 24, 2013, 11:25AM

First lady Michelle Obama has hired a cosmetics executive to be her new communications director, Mrs. Obama’s office said Monday.

Maria Cristina “MC” González Noguera, global vice president for corporate communications at Estee Lauder Companies Inc., will be joining Mrs. Obama’s staff as special assistant to the president and communications director to the first lady.


She replaces Kristina Schake, who is leaving the White House for a job in the private sector. Ms. Gonzalez will start in the East Wing in July.

“MC brings a fresh perspective and a wealth of expertise that will make her an incredible asset to our team,” Mrs. Obama said in a statement. “My time at the White House has been focused on ensuring all our children and families thrive, and as an experienced communications professional who shares my commitment to this mission, I know MC will be an outstanding partner.”

The first lady thanked Ms. Schake for being “an essential and valued adviser.” She was earning $114,000 per year in the post.

Prior to joining Estee Lauder, Ms. González Noguera was a managing director for the Washington strategic communications firm Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates. She is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico.