President Obama is to name bank executive and former commerce secretary William Daley as the next White House chief of staff, an official has said. Mr Daley will replace the interim chief of staff Pete Rouse, a senior administration official told the BBC. Mr Rouse, who recommended Mr Daley for the position, will remain at the White House in a senior position as a counsellor to President Barack Obama. Mr Obama is expected to make a formal announcement later on Thursday. The news comes a day after White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told his staff that he intends to leave his post by the end of February. Mr Obama is reported to be considering numerous changes to his staff as he begins to prepare for the 2012 elections. There is a new dynamic in the US Congress with Republicans taking control of the House of Representatives and increasing their numbers in the Senate and advisers say this necessitates a change of strategy. Experienced businessman Mr Daley, who served as commerce secretary in the Bill Clinton administration, is the brother of Chicago mayor Richard Daley, a heavyweight in Democratic politics. Analysts say he offers Mr Obama a chance to provide an outsider's perspective to his administration as well as a great deal of experience in business. The president discussed the position with Mr Daley, currently working as a banking executive for JPMorgan Chase, at the White House on Wednesday. The president then informed his senior advisers of the change in a meeting on Thursday morning, the Associated Press reported. Mr Rouse has served as Mr Obama's chief of staff for the past three months since the departure of Rahm Emanuel, who left Washington to run for mayor of Chicago. Mr Rouse has previously said that he did not want the position of chief of staff permanently.