White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin will leave his job this month to take a job in the private sector.

"The President said that he thanks Joe for his service to the White House, that Joe's been a loyal friend, and that he is excited about the next chapter in Joe's life," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.

Hagin, who has worked for President Bush since the 2000 campaign, announced his decision in an email to coworkers this morning. Hagin also worked for George H.W. Bush White House for six years. His last day will be July 20.