Howard Bragman Steps Down as CEO of Fifteen Minutes PR

12:38 PM PST 10/03/2011 by Daniel Miller
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He has been replaced by Bill Harrison, who previously served as president and COO of the public relations firm. Bragman will remain chairman.

Bill Harrison is taking over as CEO at Fifteen Minutes Public Relations, replacing founder Howard Bragman, the company announced Monday. The move is effective immediately.

Harrison had previously served as president and COO of the L.A.-based agency. Bragman, a veteran Hollywood publicist who represents Chaz Bono, Camille Grammer and Barry Manilow, will retain the position of chairman. 

“Bill has proven to be an adept strategist and partner and I am confident he will embrace this role successful on behalf of the agency I founded to see us grow to new heights,” Bragman said in a statement. “His client management and mentorship skills internally are strengths among the best I have seen in my 30 years in the business.” 

Bragman, also a Hollywood political player, told THR he is vacating the CEO post because he has responsibilities and interests beyond running the public relations firm he founded in 2005, adding that Harrison “provides the continuity and leadership to keep this firm moving forward.” Bragmam is a consultant to Good Morning America and regularly appears on Entertainment Tonight and Showbiz Tonight.

Harrison joined Fifteen Minutes after a stint at PMK -- now PMK*BNC -- where he managed the agency's corporate entertainment clients. At Fifteen Minutes, Harrison has managed the accounts of entertainment and lifestyle clients such as Ford Motor Co., Alloy Entertainment and eHarmony.

“Now more than ever, brands, personalities and celebrities require highly creative and strategic thinking to succeed in this complex marketplace, Harrison said in a statement. "I am proud to continue this work with the team and Howard, as we continue to expand our client success and performance.”

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