MS&L picks Wilson to fire up London office

Hill & Knowlton UK corpĀ­orate comms MD Stuart Wilson has landed the biggest vacant post on the UK consultancy scene - Manning Selvage & Lee London chief executive.

The move will see Wilson, who has worked at the WPP agency for almost five years, take the hot-seat vacated by Nicholas Walters (PRWeek, 8 Dec 2006).

‘MS&L is not as big as it should be in the UK,' Wilson said. ‘I want to bring my corporate experience to the role and expand in that area.'

Wilson was this week negotiating his exit date from H&K, although he officially has a six-month notice to serve.

MS&L consumer head Kelly Walsh will continue as the Publicis Groupe agency's interim chief executive until Wilson joins.

Prior to H&K, Wilson worked for sister WPP agency Cohn & Wolfe in London, Toronto and Chic­ago. His career began with the government in his native Canada, first in the Ministry of Intergovernmental Aff­airs and later as a legislative and comms aide to various cabinet ministers.

‘We briefed staff very quickly on Stuart's departure, but he will be here for some months, which gives time to find the right replacement,' said H&K UK chief executive Sally Costerton.

Costerton was promoted almost a year ago after the exit of Marie Louise Windeler after 20 years (PRWeek, 25 Feb 2006). Sources suggest Wilson was interviewed for the top position at H&K. Wilson, however, declined to comment on this.

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