Dwain Celistan

Managing Partner, Diversity Practice Leader

Dwain serves as Managing Partner and Leader of the Global Diversity Practice for DHR in the firm’s Chicago office. He has conducted searches for senior leaders across a range of firms and industries.

Prior to recruiting, Dwain held senior marketing, sales and general management positions in the U.S. and U.K. for large firms in the consumer, industrial and retail arenas. He was Vice President of Marketing and Sales with a staff of nearly 100 professionals and a budget of $100MM, and Senior Vice President of Marketing for a $1B division. During his career he has saved declining businesses and accelerated the growth of businesses in multiple roles.

Dwain’s clients have included over 25 fortune 500 firms, an assortment of family-owned, private equity-backed firms and universities. His consultative approach and significant corporate leadership experience have helped clients refine their position specifications and better clarify the “right” candidate.

He has published four books, including “Recruiter’s Guide to Hiring Diverse Leaders” and “You’re Hired! Actions to Get and Keep the Job of Your Dreams.” He has also written numerous articles and case studies.

Dwain is a graduate of Loyola University and has a Master of Business Administration from Atlanta University. He has done postgraduate work at Cornell and Stanford Universities. He lives with his wife in Hinsdale, Ill. and has two adult daughters.

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