NEW YORK—Stephen Labaton has been named US president of RLM Finsbury. Labaton, a former senior writer at The New York Times who joined the company as partner in 2012, succeeds Michael Gross, who was appointed chief executive officer of RLM Finsbury earlier this month.

Labaton joined the firm from Georgetown Policy Advisors, a public affairs firm that he founded in Washington, DC, which provided strategic counsel to chief executives and senior regulatory, legal and communications officials, focusing on reputational issues at the intersection of policy, regulation and law. He was charged with building a DC presence for the firm—best known for its work in financial PR and mergers and acquisitions.

In addition, Paul Holmes will become managing partner of RLM Finsbury’s New York office, where he will lead the company’s US talent acquisition and development initiatives and continue to head a range of major client assignments. Holmes joined RLM Finsbury in 2007 after a career in international journalism, including a stint as global political editor for Reuters.

Labaton and Holmes will also join RLM Finsbury’s global management committee to help guide the company’s continuing international growth.