Dan Pfeiffer, one of President Barack Obama’s longest-serving advisers, will step down soon, as the New York Times first reported Wednesday.
Pfeiffer, currently Obama’s most senior adviser, has worked for Obama since the beginning of his 2008 presidential campaign. He had previously served as communications director before assuming the senior post in January 2013.
“Dan has been beside me every step of this incredible journey, starting with those earliest days of the campaign in 2007,” Obama said in a statement. “And through it all he’s been smart, steady, tireless and true to the values we started with.”
“He’s a good man and a good friend, and I’m going to miss having him just down the hall from me,” he said.
Pfeiffer informed Obama the day after the State of the Union address last month that he would leave, a White House official said. He is expected to leave in early March, after completing a project on the White House’s digital media strategy.
Administration officials told the Times that no decision had been made about who would succeed Pfeiffer. John Podesta, another top adviser, is expected to leave in the coming weeks and work on Hillary Clinton’s presumed presidential campaign.