British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Thursday appointed a former Treasury employee to Downing Street’s chief of staff after the controversial resignation of his first advisor and Brexit referendum engineer Dominic Cummings.
Dan Rosenfeld will formally assume his duties in the prime minister’s office on January 1, according to a statement from Johnson’s office, as the post-Brexit transition period ends.
Since 2016 Rosenfeld has been the head of the international division at Hakluyt, a London-based strategic advisory firm founded by former agents of MI6, Britain’s intelligence agency.
“Hostility and arrogance are untenable” in the organization, according to Hakluyt on her LinkedIn account.
Cummings resigned from his job as senior advisor to Johnson and consequently from the position of Downing Street chief of staff this month after power struggles between the prime minister’s aides.
There has been speculation that Johnson will choose a senior politician like former Finance Minister Sajid Javid for the position.
Instead, Johnson preferred to experiment with someone working out of the limelight and behind the scenes, showing his tendency toward a consensual style after Cummings.
Before joining Hakluyt, Rosenfeld worked as a managing director at Bank of America after spending 11 years at the British Treasury, including four years as assistant secretary of finance.
He is also the President of the International Jewish Relief Organization, a charitable organization for the Jewish community in Britain.