Steve Gawley named VP of business and legal affairs at Island Def Jam Music Group.

Island Def Jam Music Group has named Steve Gawley as senior VP of business and legal affairs.

Gawley will serve as the company's chief legal officer, focusing on the closing of all deals involving new and existing artists, production agreements, clearance issues and other matters.

Based in New York, he reports to IDJMG chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid.

Gawley joins the company from Arista Records, where he had served as senior VP of legal and business affairs since 2000. Prior to that, he spent five years in key posts for BMG.