British Prime Minister Johnson: Ex-banker as new chief of staff
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed economic expert Dan Rosenfield as his new Chief of Staff.
He will start work on December 7th and officially take over the post on January 1st, the government said.
According to the Guardian, Rosenfield succeeds Edward Lister, another longtime confidante of Johnson, who had been interim chief of staff.
In fact, the post had been filled by Johnson's hired top advisor Dominic Cummings.
Rosenfield was the chief adviser to the Treasury
Ex-banker Rosenfield has been global director for corporate clients at Hakluyt, a London-based strategic consultancy founded by former employees of the UK foreign intelligence agency MI6, since 2016.
He was previously Executive Director at Bank of America after serving in the UK Treasury for 11 years, including four years as senior advisor to two Treasury Ministers.
He is also the chairman of World Jewish Relief, the leading charity for the British Jewish community.
Originally, according to British media, the former head of communications Lee Cain should get the job.
However, in the course of the power struggle in Downing Street, he was eliminated almost at the same time as the then adviser Dominic Cummings.
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Cummings was seen as the key puller in the seat of government.
He was one of the powerful Brexiteers who had been setting the tone on Downing Street for some time.
Cummings and Lee Cain were close confidants.
The resignations come at a particularly inopportune time for Johnson, his government is under pressure because of the corona pandemic and internal squabbles.
The number of corona infections in Great Britain has recently declined, but is still high overall.
Johnson warned that there was still a "hard winter" ahead of the pandemic.
However, there is hope that tests and vaccinations together could bring the period of restrictions to an end by spring.
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