US-based Ogilvy global chief executive Marcia Silverman confirmed a headhunting firm had been brought on board to source suitable candidates, with a view to appointing a European president within the next few months.
May announced his resignation last October after three years as European president (PRWeek, 18 October 2002), leaving the firm two months later.
He quit to join Hill & Knowlton as chairman of its UK healthcare unit (PRWeek, 17 January).
At the time of his departure, it was unclear whether or not he would be replaced, but Silverman said it was a role that now needed to be filled.
'Nick has been gone for some time, and our business throughout Europe is growing and growing, and we really do need a European president,' she said.
'It's an important role for the group - the European president is someone who will help us grow the European and UK practices, which have become important markets for us - and our arrangements with (sister ad firm) the Ogilvy & Mather group make it even more important.'
The role has been overseen in the interim by Ogilvy's Asia-Pacific president Matthew Anderson. Ogilvy also employs a president to cover the US.
The European president will report to Silverman in the US and Ogilvy & Mather chairman Mike Walsh.
May's departure was one of a number last year at the WPP-owned group.
Corporate head Howard de Souza and group head of healthcare Charles Butler left just a month before his resignation (PRWeek, 20 September).
De Souza was not replaced in the corporate role as Ogilvy decided to merge the tech and corporate practices and hand his responsibilities to head of tech Barbara McCall.