Senior promotions manager at Virgin Records UK Rob Clark is leaving the company.
The exec was called a 'hero' by Virgin artist Professor Green in a tweet revealing his departure.
Green, real name Stephen Manderson, called Clark: "Another in a long list that i've loved working with who's jumping ship."
Clark initially joined EMI in 2000, in a college promotions and events role.
He began working in promotions at EMI-owned Virgin in 2007.
Rumours about that 27 EU member states will give their individual verdicts on Universal's proposed £1.2bn acquisition of EMI this afternoon.