(USA TODAY/AP) -- President Obama named long-time aide and deputy national security
adviser Denis McDonough to be his next White House chief of staff on Friday.
Obama, appearing with McDonough at the White House, called him "a great friend to me and everybody who works here at the White House."
43, who has counseled Obama on foreign policy issues since the
president's 2008 campaign, will replace Treasury Secretary-designate
The McDonough appointment is part of an overall revamping of Obama's executive staff as he starts a second term.
the changes: Top congressional lobbyist Rob Nabors will become deputy
chief of staff for policy; Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer will
move to a senior adviser's role; Pfeiffer deputy Jennifer Palmieri will
be the new communications director.
Tony Blinken, national
security adviser to Vice President Biden, will replace McDonough as
Obama's deputy national security adviser.
about the changes on the condition they not be named so as not to
preempt Obama's formal announcement later today.
The new appointees and their jobs:
Rob Nabors -- Deputy White House Chief of Staff for Policy
Tony Blinken -- McDonough's old job as Deputy National Security Adviser
Danielle Gray -- Cabinet Secretary
Katy Kale -- Assistant to the President for Management and Administration
Monaco -- Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and
Counterterrorism (upon confirmation of John Brennan as director of the
Jennifer Palmieri -- Communications Director
Dan Pfeiffer -- Senior Advisor to the President
Miguel Rodriguez -- Director of Legislative Affairs
David Simas -- Deputy Senior Advisor for Communications and Strategy