News Order Online 3 Jun 2022
Churchill Downs nominates Katherine Armstrong HR chief to replace Chuck Kenyon
Churchill Downs Incorporated has appointed Katherine Armstrong as its Human Resources Manager, replacing Chuck Kenyon.
Armstrong was previously Vice President for Culture from April 2021 to March 2021. He has now been elevated to Senior Vice President for Human Resources.
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. Armstrong was previously the President and founder of Success Track HR Consulting, prior to CDI.
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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