President-elect Barack Obama named a group of loyalists and former aides to President Bill Clinton to lead his transition team in building the new administration that will take power when he is inaugurated.
The work will be overseen by John Podesta, Clinton's one- time chief of staff, Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett, chief executive officer of Chicago real estate developer Habitat Co., and Pete Rouse, Obama's Senate chief of staff.
An advisory board that will help with transition planning includes former Clinton administration officials Carol Browner, William Daley and Federico Pena, as well as Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, an early supporter.
Stephanie Cutter, who was communications director for Massachusetts Senator John Kerry during his 2004 presidential campaign, was named chief spokeswoman. Dan Pfeiffer will be communications director after serving in the same role during the campaign.