While running A&M, he enjoyed huge success with Duffy's debut 2008 album Rockferry.
More recently he became MD of Decca-affiliated label Verve. It was today confirmed that Universal has closed the UK division of the imprint.
"I've had an amazing 18 years working for Universal and have been
privileged to have been Managing Director for two legendary labels, A&M and Verve," said Gavin.
"I'm proud to have signed and A&R'd some of Universal's most successful global acts including the multi-million, Grammy Award winning Duffy.
"These are exciting and interesting times in the music industry. I am very much looking forward to my next adventure and to spending some time at Lord's this summer!"