Kevin Liles Lands At WMG

Executive VP reports to Lyor Cohen.

Warner Music Group ended speculation on the fate of Kevin Liles today (Aug. 11). The former Def Jam Records president was named executive VP of WMG. Based in New York, Liles reports to Lyor Cohen, WMG's chairman/CEO of U.S. Recorded Music.

Liles left Def Jam for good a month ago after a turbulent first half of 2004 that saw former Island Def Jam chairman/CEO Cohen depart for WMG and Liles follow him out the door, only to return a month later.

Liles has 18 years of experience in the music industry, first as a songwriter and performer with his group Numarx, then as co-founder of Marx Brothers Records and finally with a 13-year stint at Def Jam, rising from an unpaid internship to label president. Artists whose careers he nurtured while at Def Jam include Jay-Z, Ludacris, Sum 41, Ja Rule, LL Cool J, Kanye West, Hoobastank, DMX and Ashanti.

"With such a broad grasp of every element of the business, from A&R, artist relations, brand-building, merchandising, movies, television, video games and mobile content as well as phenomenal business instincts, he really is the consummate entertainment executive," Cohen says of the appointment. "We couldn't be more thrilled to have him join the Warner Music team."