LONDON—Renee Wilson has been named PR jury president for the 2014 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Wilson recently stepped down as MSLGroup North America president to become chief client officer for the Publicis Groupe agency.

"Never before in the history of the public relations industry, has there been more of an opportunity for the PR function to demonstrate leadership, and the many multi-faceted contributions it can make to the broad world of communications and engagement," said Wilson. "I'm thrilled to serve as PR jury president for Cannes Lions at this transformational moment in time."

The annual Cannes Lions this year takes place from 15-21 June at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France.