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-Suffice it to say that it’s been a busy week for Yahoo as the company follows up its Tumblr acquisition by giving Flickr a makeover. link

-Well well, after months of being “under construction,” Naked has finally launched its new site (promo clip above). link

-It sure didn’t take long after our post for Gene Liebel, founding partner/chief strategy officer at Huge, to divulge what he’s doing next. link

-Here are your 2013 Bees Awards nominees. link

-YouEarnedIt, the employee rewards/engagement platform launched in beta six months ago by WPP Digital agency Rockfish Labs, has appointed former Demand Media execSteve Semelsberger as its new CEO.

-U.K. housing/homelessness charity Shelter has appointed London-based digital shop Chameleon as strategic partner to work across its online giving platforms.

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Liebel Leaving Huge

Details are vague and no timetable has been set, but sources in the know confirm that Huge founding partner Gene Liebel, who’s been with the Brooklyn-based, IPG-owned digital agency for well over a dozen years, is moving on. From what we’ve been told by sources, Huge, which would not comment on the matter, is currently in a “transition phase” with Liebel, who moved up to chief strategy officer at the agency in fall 2010 (at the same time that fellow founding partner Aaron Shapiro was promoted to CEO).

We’ve been told that Liebel’s impending departure, which will just leave Shapiro as the last remaining Huge founding partner, is an amicable one. We’re hoping to fill in the blanks on his next move within the next couple of weeks. We’ll keep you posted.

 

HUGE Announces New Leadership, Departures

Brooklyn-based IPG shop HUGE announced several staffing changes as well as planned expansion throughout the globe. Most notably, the agency’s undergoing a leadership change as HUGE partner Aaron Shapiro (pictured) is adding CEO to his title while fellow partner Gene Liebel is now taking on the role of partner, chief strategy officer.

With new higher-ups in tow, HUGE is losing two longtime partners (there’s quite a few from what we’re seeing) as ECD David Skokna and Sasha Kirovski, partner, technology, are leaving the organization after helping lead HUGE since its inception in 1999. Stepping up to the plate to take over as partner, ECD is Joe Stewart, who most recently served as executive creative director and led creative on Pepsi, Target and JetBlue among others.

In addition to the staff shakeup, HUGE announced that it’s planning to open new offices in Brazil, China, Singapore, Japan and other markets over the next 12 months, in turn adding to its existing branches in Brooklyn, L.A., London and Stockholm.

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