Kenard Gibbs

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Kenard Eugene Gibbs
Born August 1, 1964
Residence Chappaqua, New York
Nationality American
Education Williams College, Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management
Occupation Chief Executive Officer of Soul Train Holdings, Co-Founder of MadVision Entertainment

Kenard Eugene Gibbs (born August 1, 1964) is the Chief Executive Officer of Soul Train Holdings[1] and Co-Founder of MadVision Entertainment.[2]


Gibbs attended Saint Ignatius College Prep high school, before moving on to Williams College. During his time at Williams, Gibbs deepened his understanding of businesses through internships and connections with business leaders. While working at Leo Burnett Worldwide Advertising Agency, he earned a master's degree from the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management, focusing in marketing and finance.


Gibbs is an executive producer[3] of African-American focused media, including award shows and documentaries. His early career focused on business development at companies including as Northern Trust Bank and Leo Burnett. Gibbs later served as President of Vibe magazine from 1999–2006.[4] After this post he served as Group Publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines and also served as President of Ebony/Jet Entertainment Group[5][6] which further integrated the stories of two brands into television and on the web.

Gibbs is currently involved with Soul Train Holdings where he has developed a number of license deals that have extended the brand into home DVD, cruise feature film, and lottery game based extensions.[7] He continues to expand his reach within the African American community through developing new entertainment, refreshing existing programs, and discovering new talent. In addition, he has emphasized his role as an executive producer. He has helped create several new awards shows, including the Vibe Awards, in conjunction with the UPN network. His work also extends to documentaries, including the 2011 emmy nominated Soul Train “Hippest Trip in America”[8] and Ebony Fashion Fair: 50 Years of Style centering on the Ebony Fashion Fair.

Gibbs lives in New York with his family, often participates on numerous panels, and as a guest lecturer on issues related to creation of urban based content and the changing new media landscape.[citation needed]


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  2. ^ Stelter, Brian (June 17, 2008). "After 38 Years, 'Soul Train' Gets New Owner". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Kenard Gibbs". IMDB. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  4. ^ "min magazine 2008 Most Intriguing: Kenard Gibbs". MinOnline. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Kenard Gibbs named group publisher of Ebony and Jet, also heads licensing division". Target Market News. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Kenard Gibbs resigns as publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines". Target Market News. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Soul Train Cruise". Jam Base. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  8. ^ "VH1 Docs Premieres: 'Soul Train: The Hippest Trip In America'". HouseDancer. Retrieved 6 January 2012.