Howard Bragman Joining as Vice Chairman

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He also will continue as chairman of PR firm Fifteen Minutes, which he founded.

Howard Bragman, who stepped down as CEO of Fifteen Minutes Public Relations on Monday, is joining as vice chairman.

Founded in 2006, helps individuals and businesses control their privacy and reputation online. Bragman, the company said, will use his expertise in crisis management to raise awareness about the importance of managing one’s online reputation and to improve the company’s products.

Bragman also will continue in his role as chairman and founder of Fifteen Minutes, which he created in 2005. Previous to founding Fifteen Minutes, he started Bragman, Nyman, Cafarelli, now PMK/BNC, which he and his partners sold to Interpublic Group in 2000. Previous to that, he was vp in the Los Angeles office of Burson-Marsteller.

"Howard Bragman is, hands down, the brightest and most respected voice in the public relations industry,"  founder and CEO Michael Fertik  said. "Howard understands that is a necessary arsenal in the PR toolbox -- the Internet puts every person and every business on a global stage and they must adapt.”

Added Bragman: “The Internet is undermining the ability of businesses, professionals and everyday folks to maintain their public personas and reputations. empowers anyone and everyone to regain control of their image in the place that it is created and propagated today – on the Internet. I’ve helped manage clients reputations for over three decades and I am honored to join a company that shares my passion.”

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