MacDougall now heading Harper's communications team

Stephen Harper's bilingual spokesman Andrew MacDougall has been promoted. He is now the 7th person to serve as director of communications in the prime minister's office since 2006.

Andrew MacDougall becomes 7th director of communications, following Angelo Persichilli's resignation

The Prime Minister's Office has quickly replaced its director of communications, promoting spokesman Andrew MacDougall.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has promoted his chief spokesman Andrew MacDougall, shown here last August, to the role of director of communications in the prime minister's office. MacDougall is the 7th person in that job since Harper took office in 2006. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

MacDougall, 36, was named Wednesday morning to replace Angelo Persichilli, who resigned last week after just seven months on the job.

MacDougall will be Stephen Harper's eighth director of communications and his seventh since becoming prime minister in 2006.

The affable MacDougall is bilingual, unlike his predecessor.

He has worked on Parliament Hill since 2006, moving up through the ranks as he gained respect among his colleagues and the media alike.

Most recently, under Persichilli, he was associate director of communications and Harper's spokesman -- the most visible member of the prime minister's large and powerful communications team.

MacDougall will be put to the test immediately. Harper and his cabinet are under intense scrutiny after the auditor-general found that Parliament was kept in the dark about the true cost of the F-35 fighter jet program.

This promotion was not the only political staffing news spreading around Parliament Hill on Wednesday morning. Veteran NDP press secretary and spokesman Karl Belanger has been named principal secretary to Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair.

with files from CBC News