Former Edelman SVP Errol Cockfield has been named Senior Vice President of MSNBC Communications. In his new role, he’ll be responsible for setting the communications and media strategy for MSNBC and partnering with editorial and business leads at the network. Additionally, he will serve as lead spokesperson for MSNBC. Based in New York, he’ll report directly to Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC, and to Mark Kornblau, SVP of News Group Communications.

Cockfield moves to MSNBC from communications and marketing firm Edelman where he served as a Senior Vice President in their New York Corporate and Pubic Affairs division since 2012.

Previously, Cockfield worked for the New York State Senate Democratic Conference as Chief of Staff and Director of Communications and External Relations. Prior to his role in the senate, he served as press secretary for New York Governors Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson. Cockfield also worked as a newspaper journalist including stints at Newsday, where he was the Statehouse Bureau Chief, the Hartford Courant and the Los Angeles Times.