NEW YORK: MSNBC head of communications Errol Cockfield is leaving the cable news network.
Cockfield, the network’s SVP of communications, said in a LinkedIn post on Thursday that he’s planning to exit MSNBC at the end of March.
His plans include “a much-needed break to reflect, recharge and reconnect with family and friends” before exploring new opportunities, he said on LinkedIn.
Cockfield left an SVP position at Edelman to join MSNBC in 2016. He’s also worked as chief of staff and director of communications and external relations for the New York State Senate Democratic Conference and spent 10 years as statehouse bureau chief for Newsday.
He said that he plans to remain involved in discussions about race and other issues in the communications industry.
“I will absolutely continue to volunteer and engage as a thought leader, not only with PRSA and the Diversity Action Alliance but also in the broader communications industry,” he said via email. “This is a critical industry inflection point where the communications function must help organizations and business leaders realize that social responsibility, DEI and deeper employee engagement are not options, but essential to success, growth and authentic reputation.”