Director, Issues Mngmt and Strategic Comms
Dean Hestermann is Director of Issues Management and Strategic Communications for Caesars Entertainment. In his current position, he provides strategic analysis and direction for the company on a variety of public policy and corporate social responsibility issues, including responsible gaming. He has been with Caesars (and its predecessor companies) in various communications, government relations, and public affairs capacities since 1992. He is a recipient of The Chairman’s Award, the company’s highest honor, and in 2005 was named one of “25 People to Watch” by Global Gaming Business magazine. He is a former member of the board of directors of the National Council on Problem Gambling, and currently serves on the editorial board of Harvard Medical School’s Worldwide Addiction Gambling Education Report (The WAGER).
Prior to joining Caesars, he was a research associate with the University of California's Public Policy Research Organization, where he specialized in social impact assessment, environmental law and policy, organizational behavior, and urban planning. His professional experience also includes environmental and social impact assessment for PlaceWorks, an urban planning consultancy headquartered in southern California. He earned a B.A. in psychology from Rhodes College, an M.A. in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine, and completed coursework for the doctorate degree in social ecology from UC Irvine. He has published several articles and chapters in the fields of casino gaming, urban planning, and social impact assessment.