Donald Trump Names Breitbart Exec Campaign CEO in Massive Staff Shake-Up

Trump also appoints third campaign manager since announcing candidacy

Last Updated: August 17, 2016 @ 6:39 AM

Donald Trump has named Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon CEO of his campaign, the GOP nominee for president announced on Wednesday.

Bannon will temporarily step down from his role with the conservative news site to work full time on Trump’s campaign. His position is designed to bolster the “business-like approach” of the organization, according to a press release.

“I believe we’re adding some of the best talents in politics, with the experience and expertise needed to defeat Hillary Clinton in November and continue to share my message and vision to Make America Great Again,” Trump said.

Additionally, pollster and GOP campaign strategist Kellyanne Conway has been promoted to campaign manager. She is the founder and president of The Polling Company, Inc./WomanTrend, a privately held, woman-owned corporation.

“I have known Steve and Kellyanne both for many years. They are extremely capable, highly qualified people who love to win and know how to win,” Trump said. “I am committed to doing whatever it takes to win this election, and ultimately become President because our country cannot afford four more years of the failed Obama-Clinton policies which have endangered our financial and physical security.”

Paul Manafort will remain campaign chairman and chief strategist.

“It is imperative we continue to expand our team with top-tier talent. Steve and Kellyanne are respected professionals who believe in Mr. Trump and his message and will undoubtedly help take the campaign to new levels of success,” Manafort said

Bannon will oversee campaign staff and operations in addition to strategic oversight of major campaign initiatives. Conway will work on messaging and travel frequently with Trump.