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Celeste Bell Joins Deutsch New York

Former Major League Baseball and Publicis Media HR executive joins Deutsch NY as EVP director of human resources

Celeste Bell Joins Deutsch New York

Deutsch New York has announced the appointment of Celeste Bell, EVP, director of human resources. She joins directly from Publicis Media, where she was vice president, talent acquisition since 2019.

The majority of Celeste’s career experience was with Major League Baseball, where she was instrumental in the digital evolution of that organisation. Most recently as senior director, a crucial focus at MLB was on recruitment efforts around technology, engineering and media, creating employee programs for the purpose of development, engagement and retention and establishing partnerships with forward-thinking organisations like All Star Code, Girls Who Code and ScriptEd / CodeNation to build diverse pipelines.

“Celeste is a proven leader whose values align with ours – she’s curious, resourceful, results oriented, strategic and has a strong, positive energy. Her wealth of experience at building a foundation of equitable policies, procedures and practices will quickly make an impact for our people,” said Val DiFebo, CEO, Deutsch NY. 

At Deutsch, Celeste will lead all HR activities, including employee relations, the acquisition, development and retention of talent, and importantly will be involved in structural and strategic change management as the agency looks to its future. Reporting directly to DiFebo, Celeste’s first day at Deutsch will be 2nd November.

“I’ve been tasked with the challenge of leading, teaching, coaching and building on Deutsch’s inclusive environment, virtually,” concluded Celeste. “While some may find that daunting, I am extremely impressed with the team at Deutsch and I’m looking forward to partnering with them to make this happen.” 


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