RLM Finsbury names Labaton as president, succeeding Gross

RLM Finsbury has chosen Stephen Labaton as its next US president, stepping into the role when Michael Gross becomes CEO.

NEW YORK: RLM Finsbury has appointed former senior New York Times writer Stephen Labaton as its next US president.

Effective next Tuesday, Labaton, who joined the company as partner in 2012, will succeed Michael Gross, who will step into the CEO role at that time. Current CEO Walter Montgomery will remain onboard as co-founder and partner.

Prior to joining RLM Finsbury, Labaton served as a consultant to Goldman Sachs and founded Georgetown Policy Advisers. Before that, he was a senior writer at the Times from 1986 to 2009.

"This role is an expansion of what I have been doing since I got here, and a continuation of all the great work [Gross] has done as president," said Labaton. "I will be continuing to develop new business, as well as servicing some of our large and small clients in a variety of areas, and helping to lead the firm, particularly in the US, at an important and exciting transition point."

Next week, Paul Holmes, who has served as a partner at the firm since 2007, will become managing partner of RLM Finsbury’s New York office, where he will lead US talent acquisition and development initiatives and continue to head a range of client assignments.

Labaton and Holmes will also join RLM Finsbury’s global management committee, helping to guide the firm’s international expansion.

RLM Finsbury partners Ed Adler and Steffan Williams will also take on the added task of developing an integrated global marketing and branding plan with international partners.

"[Gross and RLM Finsbury’s senior team] are committed to continuing the expansion of the firm, both in the US and globally," said Labaton. "Our objectives going forward are to take what we have in terms of business development, opportunities, and new talent to the next level.

This story was updated on April 10 with more information about Labaton's experience.

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