MSLGroup promoted Renee Wilson to president of North America in September 2012 and she was added to the agency's global board in January.
Prior to that she served as MD of the Publicis Groupe agency's flagship New York office and worked with the firm's largest client, Procter & Gamble, as well as big-name brands including General Motors and Bayer. Wilson also spent four years based in London managing pan-European programs for Kellogg's and J&J.
"The appointment of a strong, client-centric woman is the best thing that could have happened for MSLGroup," said Marian Salzman, CEO for North America at Havas PR.
Wilson also made significant hires. She brought on Stephanie Agresta from Weber Shandwick as MSLGroup's first global leader in social and digital, among others.
She replaces Jim Tsokanos in the role, who had been with the firm for 11 years.
Under Wilson's watch the agency has been expanding its expertise in the social and digital sector creating real-time news centers charged with providing relevant content for social and mainstream media. "Social and digital are the big drivers now," explains Wilson. Both now account for more than 20% of MSLGroup's business.