Premier Dwight Ball has a new communications director.

Andrew Caddell has left the post to return to Global Affairs Canada, where he had worked before coming to St. John’s. Michelle Cannizzaro has been promoted from media relations manager to become the new communications director.

The premier’s office says Caddell’s resignation was voluntary. He was offered a new post at Global Affairs and wanted to be closer to family.

Cannizzaro is the third communications director for Ball since he took office a year ago. Caddell had been brought in to replace Nancy O’Connor in August to develop new communications strategy during a difficult first year in office.