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As CondéNet has expanded its portfolio in recent years with several acquisitions — and continues to hunt for more — the division is adding to its top ranks. Condé Nast chief financial officer Debi Chirichella on Wednesday was named to the newly created position of CondéNet chief operating officer. Chirichella has been with Condé Nast since 2004, and previously spent eight years at Primedia in various senior financial positions. Chirichella will take up her new position Aug. 1; a search for a replacement cfo is under way. Also, Amy Junger was promoted to senior vice president, finance and planning, from senior vice president, financial operations, and Ted Nadeau was promoted to senior vice president, general manager, from vice president, general manager. Both report to Chirichella.— Stephanie D. Smith.
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What do Boston and Bhutan have in common? Not much, but Condé Nast Traveler's style director Mark Connolly wishes they did. He leaves for a photo shoot in Bhutan for the October issue on Saturday but before his trip, Connolly took a turn on the show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." Unfortunately, the questions from host Meredith Vieira ended up being "very American" (the British Connolly only recently became a U.S. citizen) so he lost out when asked what American city is home to the popular Back Bay neighborhood (Boston). But it wasn't all for naught — he walked away with $8,000. Of course, the money isn't going to change his life, but Connolly says he's glad he did the show, even if it was an "absurd thing to do."— Amy Wicks