A long-tenured Huffington Post employee who served as one of the chief architects of the publication’s video presence is on his way out. Roy Sekoff, who has spent the past decade at Arianna Huffington’s digital news source, will depart the company, according to a memo Huffington sent to HuffPo employees.
Capital New York, which first reported the news of Sekoff’s departure, also reprinted Huffington’s message to her employees in full. “It’s time for him to, as he put it to me, ‘stop dancing to the rhythms of the 24/7 news cycle,’ she wrote. “After years of cross-country commuting, he has decided to spend less time on planes and more time helping his daughter with her homework, while figuring out what he wants to do next.”
Sekoff has been with HuffPo since its inception, but in recent years, he has been most closely associated with the company’s digital video operation. He is one of the co-founders of HuffPost Live, a live-streaming news network that launched in 2012, and he has been involved in several of the video projects HuffPo has rolled out over the past couple of years.
In recent years, though, the Los Angeles-based Sekoff’s commute was made more difficult by the location of HuffPo’s New York office. HuffPost Live’s LA base closed down in 2013.
There’s no word yet on who will take over Sekoff’s position as the head of HuffPost Live. For now, we only know that HuffPo employees will, as Huffington put it, “raise a glass to Roy” at the company’s annual holiday party.