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Condé Nast Digital Head Sarah Chubb Out

This shouldn’t be a shock, given that Condé Nast has been reorging and restructuring its digital operations for a couple of years now: Condé Nast Digital head Sarah Chubb is leaving the company after 20 years.

The company hasn’t named a successor to Chubb, who spent the last year or so working on a homegrown platform for publishing the company’s magazines for Apple’s iPad and other tablets. Condé eventually decided to work with Adobe, an approach championed by Wired magazine creative director Scott Dadich, who has since been put in charge of Condé’s tablet projects.

Chubb says she won’t be taking another full-time job immediately, but plans on doing some consulting work for the near term. Condé says it will announce a replacement soon.

Here’s the internal memo from Condé Nast president Bob Sauerberg:

From: Sauerberg, Bob
Sent: Monday, February 07, 2011 3:25 PM
To: Conde Nast – All
Subject: Executive Announcement

After a wonderful 20-year career at Condé Nast, Sarah Chubb has decided it’s time to explore other opportunities. As we all know, there is a huge amount of energy and excitement in the digital world right now—and Sarah is interested in pursuing the next phase of her career.

Sarah has been a transformational force at Condé Nast and the media business as a whole. I am sure you will all join me in thanking Sarah for her many valuable contributions, congratulating her on her success and wishing her the best of luck as she moves ahead.

Sarah asked me to share her thoughts with you: “CN is the premier company in the industry and I have truly loved my job here. I am also tremendously proud of the contributions that my team and I have made to the Company. While the challenges of an exciting new world beckon me, I know that CN is set up exceptionally well for the future.”

In the coming weeks, we will name a successor to continue the outstanding work in digital growth and innovation.

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