Rashida Jones, a cable news industry veteran, will be MSNBC’s next president, NBCUniversal News Group Chair Cesar Conde said Monday.

Jones, a senior vice president at NBC News and MSNBC who has helped guide MSNBC’s coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and nationwide social unrest of the past year, assumes her new post on Feb. 1. She will succeed Phil Griffin, who is stepping down after 25 years.

“Rashida knows and understands MSNBC, in part because it’s where she started when she first joined NBCU seven years ago,” Conde wrote in an email to NBC News employees. “She knows that it is the people who work here that make it great, and she understands its culture. She also appreciates the impact and potential of the brand.”

Her promotion comes after Conde announced a goal this year for the staff of NBC News to be made up of 50 percent women and 50 percent people of color.

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