Estée Lauder executive to take over as first lady's communications director

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“While Kristina leaves big shoes to fill, MC brings a fresh perspective and a wealth of expertise that will make her an incredible asset to our team. 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.”

At the makeup brand, González Noguera handled strategic communications, including government affairs, media relations, issues management and employee engagement, according to the White House. She previously served as managing director for Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates, a Washington, D.C. communications firm.

Schake joined the first lady's office in December 2010, coming from her California public affairs firm Griffin|Schake. She had also previously worked as the senior communications strategist for California first lady Maria Shriver. 

“It has been an honor to work for such a genuine and thoughtful leader,” Schake said in a statement. “Mrs. Obama is improving the lives of children and families across the country, and she is doing it with her own signature sense of grace, compassion, exuberance and fun.  It has been an extraordinary honor to have served the First Lady and the President.”