Kevin Liles


Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Kevin Liles is an American record executive and co-founder and CEO of 300 Entertainment.

Liles grew up near Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from Woodlawn High School. He was raised by his mother, Alberta Fennoy, and stepfather Jerome Fennoy, along with three siblings. He attended Morgan State University, studying engineering on an electrical engineering scholarship from NASA, but left the program prior to graduating to pursue a musical career.

Liles began his music career as a member of the Baltimore-based DJ crew, Numarx. In 1986, the group co-wrote "Girl You Know It's True," which was first recorded by Numarx but later became a massive first hit for Milli Vanilli.

Liles was president of Def Jam Recordings and executive vice president of The Island Def Jam Music Group from 1999 to 2004. He served as executive vice president for Warner Music Group, working under his former Island Def Jam associate Lyor Cohen before stepping down as executive vice president of Warner Music Group to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors in September 2009.

In 2009, Lyles launched New York City-based KWL Enterprises. In 2012, he co-founded Entertainment 300 with Lyor Cohen, Roger Gold and Todd Moscowitz.

Liles' philanthropic activity has included serving as co-chair for the New Yorkers For Children Gala and his creation and ongoing participation in the Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore Foundation.