NEW YORK — Errol Cockfield will be stepping down from his role leading MSNBC communications on the heels of particularly tumultuous times for the news business.

“After five years at MSNBC — over two presidential campaigns and year one of the pandemic — I’m departing the network at the end of March. Sandwiched between these landmarks, I’ve also had a front row seat as our society grapples with an historic reckoning on race in America. I’m grateful for an amazing run with a talented team that supported the business during a period of record-breaking growth,” Cockfield said in a LinkedIn post.

Cockfield joined MSNBC in 2016 as senior VP of communications, as which he has led the network’s communications and media strategy.

Before joining the network, Cockfield was an Edelman senior VP and worked in politics, holding senior communications positions with the New York State Senate Democratic Conference and two New York governors, Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson.

Cockfield said that before his next move he is going to take “a much-needed break to reflect, recharge and reconnect with family and friends."

“This spring I’m looking forward to exploring new opportunities where I can continue to apply my strategic communications expertise to benefit other organizations that also share my passion for social responsibility, cultural transformation and diversity, equity and inclusion,” he said.

“I’m eager to reconnect with so many of you. It’s such a challenging time for all of us but I believe the future is bright.”