NEW YORK — MSLGroup global chief client officer Renee Wilson is leaving MSLGroup to become president of the PR Council, the trade association representing US PR firms.
Wilson is the latest in a series of senior departures from MSLGroup, following a period of turbulence and restructuring at the Publicis-owned network.
Prior to becoming chief client officer in 2014, Wilson led MSLGroup North America, after serving in a series of senior consumer roles, including leading the group's P&G business, which is currently under review.
Wilson, who will join the PR Council in January, succeeds Kathy Cripps, who is stepping down after 13 years in the role.
"We are thrilled to get such a high-caliber leader who will represent our industry so well across so many fronts," said Christopher Graves, chair of the PR Council. "I worked with Renee firsthand in Cannes and experienced her ability to convene rivals and competitors, while articulating a firm, clear and considered point of view."
A committee composed of PR Council Board members led the six-month search process: Chris Graves (Ogilvy PR), Dave Senay (FleishmanHillard), Matt Harrington (Edelman), Maureen Lippe (Lippe Taylor) and Renzi Stone (Saxum). The committee worked with executive recruiter Donna Renella to identify and interview more than 100 potential candidates.
"The search committee pursued candidates with an array of experiences, geographies, gender and ethnic backgrounds," said Cripps.
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