Dwain Celistan serves as an Executive Vice President for DHR International in the firm’s Chicago headquarters. He leads the Global Diversity Practice and is a member of the Consumer, Marketing and Industrial practices.
Mr. Celistan has conducted searches across a range of firms and industries. This includes Fortune 500 and private equity backed firms. His consultative approach and significant corporate leadership experience have helped clients refine their position specifications and better clarify the “right” candidate.
Prior to recruiting, he held senior Marketing, Sales and General Management positions in the US and UK for large firms in the consumer, industrial and retail sectors. His experience includes roles of VP Marketing and Sales with a staff of over 100 professionals and budget of $100MM, and as a Senior Vice-President of Marketing for a $1B division. Importantly, during his career he has reversed declining businesses and accelerated the growth of businesses in multiple roles. In addition to his primary responsibilities, he has initiated and led diversity efforts at several companies.
Dwain has also coached business leaders to help them realize their goals and improve their productivity. As part of this work, he has published three books, including You’re Hired! Actions to Get and Keep the Job You Love and 5 Simple Steps to Achieving Your Dreams.
He supports young people on many levels. This includes speaking to groups of students from middle school to graduate students, and he also actively supports high school students through Link Unlimited.
Dwain is a graduate of Loyola University and has an MBA from Atlanta University. He has done postgraduate work at both Cornell and Stanford universities.
Lastly, he lives with his wife and two daughters in Hinsdale, IL.