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Catherine Viscardi Johnston to exec VP-group sales and marketing, a new post at Conde Nast Publications, New York, from senior VP-group sales and marketing, making her the highest-ranking woman executive at Conde Nast.

Richard Rivera to CEO, Chart House Enterprises, Solana Beach, Calif., from president-CEO, Rare Hospitality International, Atlanta, owner of 110 restaurants including 83 Longhorn Steakhouses. Rare Hospitality International Chairman George McKerrow Jr. will assume Mr. Rivera's president-CEO title on an acting basis. Also at Rare Hospitality, Lane Schmiesing, VP-marketing, resigned. No successor was immediately named.

Connie Sanchez to VP-media director, a new post, from media director, Winston Advertising, Santa Clara, Calif.

Mel Roth and Jerry Wexler to exec VPs, new posts at Harris Drury Cohen, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Mr. Roth will be group account leader and and Mr. Wexler senior copywriter. Jack Powers was named VP-account leader.

Lisa Hannum to partner, director of business development, Carmichael Lynch Spong, Minneapolis, a new post, from management supervisor.

Copyright August 1997, Crain Communications Inc.

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