UPDATE 1-Former Def Jam exec leaving Warner Music

Thu Sep 3, 2009 9:15am EDT

* Liles will remain with Warner in consulting role

* Joined company in 2004, helped take company public

NEW YORK, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Warner Music Group WMG.N on Thursday announced the resignation of executive vice president Kevin Liles, the one-time president of Def Jam Music Group known for his work with artists like Jay-Z, LL Cool J, and Kanye West.

Warner Music said Liles would remain with the company in a consulting role, but would step down from his day-to-day duties. He plans to "pursue his own entrepreneurial opportunities," the company said in a statement.

Liles joined Warner Music Group from Island Def Jam Music Group in 2004, and helped take the company public the following year. (Reporting by Paul Thomasch; Editing by Derek Caney)

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