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Jay Brown
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Jay Brown

Company: RocNation
Title: CEO
Location: Los Angeles, United States
Fields of operation: Art, Design, Culture

Laurence “Jay” Brown was born in New Haven, Connecticut and resided in Bridgeport, Connecticut until he was 10 years old. He then moved to Southern California; graduating from San Fernando Valley’s Granada Hills High School in 1991. Brown began his career in the entertainment industry in 1993 as a publishing executive at Quincy Jones Music Publishing/Qwest Records until December 1998. While employed as SVP at Elektra from 1999 to 2005, Brown obtained his bachelor's degree in business from The University of Phoenix in 2001. He later was appointed EVP at Def Jam Recordings from 2005 until January of 2008, working alongside Def Jam president and CEO Jay Z.

In 2008, Brown co-founded RocNation with hip-hop icon Jay Z and Tyran “TyTy” Smith. Brown oversees the company encompassing of a music label, artist management firm, publishing company, and athlete representation. Since it’s inception, RocNation has branched out into the world of touring & merchandising, TV & film, content creation, apparel, mobile gaming, new business ventures and is heavily responsible for today’s popular arts and culture in general.

From there, Brown confirmed himself a seat on the Board of Directors of the audio retailer, Skullcandy. Brown's next board seat was for the American sock and underwear brand, Stance; where he currently serves as a board member for the now official sock company of the NBA and MLB. He also serves as Secretary of the Board for the Clara Lionel Foundation— Rihanna’s philanthropic endeavor to improve the quality of life for impoverished communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts and culture. Additionally, Brown currently sits on the Board of Directors for a wide range of entertainment companies; Three Six Zero, Career Artist Management, PhilyMack Management, New Community, and G major are home to some of the top billing artists of the entertainment industry from EDM and hip-hop, to pop, rock, alternative and country.