Former KPE CEO Labick Joins Refinery

NEW YORK — Kevin Labick, the former vp of solutions and CEO at KPE, has joined Web design and technology firm, Refinery, as vice president of practice development.

In the newly created post, Labick will focus on growing existing business, bringing in other major accounts and guiding the company’s strategic direction. He will also head up the media and telecommunications practice, acting as a key agency contact for such clients as Comcast. Labick, 32, will report to Refinery CEO Andrew Sullivan and will be assigned to the company’s Philadelphia headquarters.

Most recently, Labick was at KPE. He joined the New York-based i-shop as CEO in January [IQ Daily Briefing, Jan. 24] and later assumed the role of vp of solutions when KPE was bought by one of his former employers, Mobilocity, in February. He exited the company last month when KPE’s assets were sold to [IQ Daily Briefing, Aug. 13].

Prior to KPE, Labick was a principal at Mobilocity, a New York-based mobile commerce strategy firm, where he led the development of industry-specific practice groups and oversaw operations. He has also worked for Hearst New Media, Sports Illustrated and Neographic. In 1996, he founded Mercury Seven, an Internet strategy and development firm that he sold to Xceed two years later.

Refinery, an eight-year-old company, has 73 staffers, serving clients like GMAC Commercial Mortgage, Merck & Co. and Motorola, from its Philadelphia and Boulder, Colo., offices. The company reported 2001 revenues of about $6 million and expects 2002 revenues to reach $10 million, according to a Refinery representative.

–Ann M. Mack