Celeste Warren

by Justin Cates
Celeste Warren
Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion Center of Excellence
Merck & Co., Inc.

Celeste Warren is Vice President, Global Diversity, and Inclusion Center of Excellence for Merck.

As the leader for Merck’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence, Celeste is responsible for working with Merck’s global leaders to advance and embed diversity and inclusion throughout the organization to enhance the employee experience and maximize business performance.

Celeste joined Merck in 1997 and has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility within the organization.

Prior to joining Merck, Celeste worked for nine years at Kraft Foods, Inc., and General Foods.

She serves on the boards of RWJBarnabas Health Systems and “All In Together” and Merck’s Political Action Committee. She is also a member of CNBC’s Workforce Executive Council and World 50’s Inclusion and Diversity Impact Community.

Celeste’s articles on diversity, equity and inclusion have been featured in numerous national and global publications and she has had the opportunity to speak at various events across the world.

Celeste attended the University of Kentucky where she earned her B.S. degree. She received her Master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

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