Howard Bragman Steps Down as Fifteen Minutes PR CEO

Former president and COO Bill Harrison will take his place

Howard Bragman has stepped down as CEO of Fifteen Minutes PR, the company he founded in 2005. He will remain on as the company's chairman. Bragman is being replaced by Bill Harrison, previously the company's president and chief operating officer. the company announced Monday.

Bragman, who earlier in his decades-long career co-founded Bragman Nyman Cafarelli, is also a frequent television talking head. He speaks on topics ranging from celebrity misbehavior to the pervasive effect of "spin" in our everyday lives on such shows as "Good Morning America" and "Piers Morgan Tonight." Bragman serves as the resident "spin doctor" on HLN's "Showbiz Tonight."

An active participant in the fight for lesbian and gay civil rights, Bragman has recently been on television to defend his transgendered client Chaz Bono, who was met with criticism when he was added to the contestants on the current season of "Dancing With the Stars."

In the announcement, Bragman called his replacement Harrison an "adept strategist" who will help Fifteen Minutes "grow to new heights."