Washington (dpa) - US president-elect Barack
Obama announced Saturday that a long-time communications aide would serve as
White House press secretary after the January 20 inauguration.
Robert Gibbs held the position of communications director in Obama's presidential campaign before becoming senior strategist for communications and message leading up to the November 4 general elections.
He first joined Obama's US Senate campaign in 2004 as communications director and later handled communications in Obama's Senate office.
Obama named Ellen Moran as White House director of communications. She is executive director of Emily's List, a left-wing women's political organization, and previously worked for the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of US labour unions.
Dan Pfeiffer, currently communications director for Obama's presidential transition team, will be White House deputy director of communications.