Cockerill, who was Asia editor at Euromoney magazine for four years, left the bank at the end of March. He has returned to publisher Euromoney as editor of its Asia-Pacific title Asia Money.
Cockerill said that he had decided to return to journalism because of the challenge of running his own magazine. He declined to comment further on the reasons for his departure.
HSBC global head of corporate communications for corporate and investment banking Pierre Goad said that the bank had not yet found a replacement for Cockerill.
At HSBC, Cockerill ran a team of six PROs and reported to Goad. Goad said that the post covered the full range of communications responsibilities for HSBC’s investment banking activities in the Asia-Pacific region.
Earlier this year, HSBC closed a £434m securitisation for the Hong Kong government. The deal uses toll bridge and tunnel receipts to back the issue of bonds.
HSBC is the world’s second largest bank with around 9,500 offices in 79 countries. The company is listed in London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Bermuda.