Churchill Downs names Katherine Armstrong HR head to replace Chuck Kenyon

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has tapped Katherine Armstrong to head up its human resources department, taking over from Chuck Kenyon.

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Armstrong has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Human Resources, having served as Vice President of Culture since April 2021.

In this latter role, she was responsible for developing, among other things, “a strategic vision to advance a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.” Kenyon, meanwhile, has decided to step down after leading CDI’s human resources department for 18 years.

Bill Carstanjen, Churchill Downs’ CEO, thanked Kenyon for his service and wished him well.

“Chuck has been an extraordinary contributor to the growth and evolution of our business over the past 18 years,” said Carstanjen.

“Like so many team members, I am deeply grateful and appreciative for the tremendous personal contributions that Chuck made to the organisation and, just as importantly, to the development and success of the individuals who make up our company. We wish him nothing but the very best in his retirement.”

As Kenyon’s replacement, Armstrong will assume various corporate HR responsibilities, as well as continuing to direct CDI’s internal culture strategy.

In this regard, Armstrong’s experience will likely serve her well. Prior to joining CDI, she was the Founder and President of Success Track, a strategic HR consulting firm.

Her promotion is effective immediately and will include a “transitional handoff period” with Kenyon, whose retirement will take effect on 1 August.

Carstanjen commented on Armstrong’s appointment, saying: “She has quickly earned the respect and trust of everyone on our team.

“We congratulate her on her new role and look forward to her impactful leadership as our company continues to grow.”


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