Celeste Bottorff has deep expertise in building successful, differentiated growth strategies. She is an experienced, award-winning corporate director with 21 years of public and private corporate board service. Her multi-functional managerial experience includes both Fortune 500 and fast growing smaller companies, as well as consulting experience with McKinsey & Co.
Celeste served on the Board of Directors of Caraustar Industries, a public company, providing strategic direction throughout the company’s turnaround, serving on the audit, compensation and governance committees. Critical efforts included: refinancing/privatization during the 2008 financial crisis, guiding Caraustar’s marketing management to reposition products leading to rapid, more profitable growth, and focusing the Board on the impact of short-term decisions on long-term strategy. For her efforts, Celeste was honored with the Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award as Georgia’s outstanding female board member in 2008.
Celeste contributed growth strategies and branding direction as a member of the Executive Committee of Hire Dynamics’ (private company) Advisory Board through its growth from a $2 million start-up to the 5th largest staffing company in the Southeastern U.S. Hire Dynamics is ranked nationally (top 1%) for superior service, and has appeared 8 times on Inc.’s Fastest Growing Private Companies list. Celeste served on the search committee for the new CEO and continues to work with Hire Dynamics in a mentorship capacity for senior team members.
At Coca-Cola, Celeste led a cross-functional team of 120 to develop Coca-Cola’s first corporate reputation strategy, framework and national campaign. Based on her success in developing relationships with key stakeholders and building productive public/private partnerships, Celeste established global health collaborations with medical societies, academic institutions and experts. Prior to Coca-Cola, she developed strategy and led multiple functional groups to grow AHL Services, a multi-national business services company, from $210 million to $915 million in revenue in 4 years, while sustaining compounded net income growth of over 100%. She was instrumental in positioning and executing AHL’s IPO and identifying and closing its first 5 acquisitions.
Other board experience includes the International Food Information Council, Executive Committees of Purdue University’s College of Science Dean’s Advisory Board where she was selected to serve on the search committee for the new Dean of the College of Science, Zoo Atlanta Advisory Board, and the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation of Georgia, for which Celeste was awarded CF’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Celeste holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a BS in physics from Purdue University. She began her career in experimental physics at Fermilab.