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January 9, 2014

Andover native is Boston mayor's chief of staff Koh named as Walsh's first key appointment

Andover native Daniel Arrigg Koh, a graduate of Phillips Academy, has been tapped as chief of staff for new Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

Walsh, who was sworn in on Monday, announced over the weekend that Koh, 29, would take the job.

“I’m excited to have Daniel joining our administration and bringing a fresh, new energy to the mayor’s office,” Walsh said in a statement. “He has broad experience about City Hall and a deep understanding of managing a large, fast-paced organization. We have great talent joining us, and I know Daniel will help me transform the way we do things in Boston.”

Koh was born and raised in Andover, graduating from Pike School in 1999 and Phillips in 2003. He has a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

His mother is Dr. Claudia Arrigg of Arrigg Eye and Ear Associates of Lawrence. His father was the state’s public health commissioner from 1997 to 2003 under Gov. William Weld and his successor, the late Gov. Paul Cellucci. He is currently assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, working for President Obama.

The younger Koh had been working as general manager of the streaming network operated by the Huffington Post before being tapped by Walsh.

He previously worked as chief of staff to Huffington Post founder and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington, a position that involved helping her craft strategy for and manage the work of 700 people at the Huffington Post Media Group. Before that, he was an adviser to former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

Koh previously did strategy and business development for the New England Patriots, nonprofit consulting for defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp., talent search for executive recruiting firm Spencer Stuart and labor relations for Major League Baseball.

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