Renee WilsonRenee Wilson

Renee Wilson, chief client officer at MSLGroup and former North America president of the Publicis firm, has been tapped to lead the PR Council as president.

Wilson succeeds Kathy Cripps, who ends a 13-year run atop the PR industry trade group.

Earlier, Wilson directed Hill+Knowlton Strategies' marketing communications practice and came up through the ranks at Ketchum, Aronow & Pollock and FleishmanHillard. She spent eight years at MSL.

PR Council chair Christopher Graves called Wilson a "high-caliber leader who will represent so well across so many events."

The hire ends a six-month search by a Council committee of Graves, outgoing FleishmanHillard chief Dave Senay, Edelman's Matt Harrington, Maureen Lippe of Lippe Taylor and Saxum's Renzi Stone.