NEW YORK — MSLGroup’s Renee Wilson is relinquishing her role as president of North America, but will remain on the firm’s global board as chief client officer.

Wilson told the Holmes Report she decided to step into the new role for more family flexibility. The search for a new North American president is “underway” and is expected to be revealed “shortly,” she added. She remains the North American lead in the interim.

She noted, her decision was unrelated to both the Publicis-Omnicom merger last summer and the ongoing class action gender lawsuit brought against the firm by former executives in 2012. Wilson took charge of North America in September 2012, following the departure of Jim Tsokanos.

Wilson previously held the chief client officer position for six months prior to becoming the North American lead. In resuming this CCO role (which has since been vacant), she will work across regions with the firm’s global client leads to ensure “our teams have the best possible experience and that our teams have the latest ways to serve their accounts.”

Procter & Gamble is one of the firm’s global accounts.