Updated 4:59 p.m. Eastern Time
President Obama has chosen Jay Carney, a former Time magazine journalist and the communications director to Vice President Biden, to replace Robert Gibbs as White House press secretary.
Chief of Staff Bill Daley announced the appointment in an email to White House staff.
Carney, who will take over for Gibbs in holding press briefings with reporters at the White House, will be the administration's chief liaison with the public.
The ascension of Carney, 45, comes with other personnel changes, including the promotion of a pair of White House officials, scheduling and advance operations director Alyssa Mastromonaco and health care legislation liaison Nancy-Ann DeParle, to deputy chiefs of staff. Among the other personnel announcements was the appointment of veteran Democratic communications aide Stephanie Cutter as Deputy Senior Advisor.
Among those who are believed to have been in the running to replace Gibbs are Deputy Press Secretaries Bill Burton and Josh Earnest, Democratic strategist Karen Finney and Deputy Communications Director Jen Psaki.
Carney, who joined the White House in 2009, is a former Washington bureau chief for Time and is well acquainted with many members of the White House press corps. His appointment comes amid a number of changes in White House personell, including the replacement of chief of staff Rahm Emanuel with Bill Daley and the replacement of White House adviser David Axelrod with David Plouffe.
During a 2006 interview on C-SPAN, Carney said of the White House Press Secretary position: "it's a tricky job. I'm sure I wouldn't be any good at it."