Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI” or “Company”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) announced today that Katherine Armstrong has been hired as Vice President of Culture (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) for the Company. The new role will report directly to Bill Carstanjen, Chief Executive Officer of CDI.
As the Vice President of Culture, Armstrong will be part of the senior leadership team of CDI and will lead the Company’s efforts to expand its strategic vision as part of the Company’s core mission and values to systemically advance a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. Armstrong will develop and drive diversity initiatives and create opportunities to share best practices across the business segments.
“Katherine brings a deep understanding of advancing company culture and diversity, equity and inclusion to this role,” said Carstanjen. “She is an experienced, proactive and strategic advocate, partner and leader, who has developed constructive relationships and supported strong cultural initiatives in her previous roles.”
Prior to this role, Armstrong was the Founder and President of Success Track LLC, a strategic advisory and training group with an emphasis on Culture Transformation, DE&I Strategy, HR Analytics and Leadership Coaching. She also served in several significant roles with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., Hyatt Hotels Corporation, PNC Financial and Ameristar Casino in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
“I am honored and excited to lead the advancement of the culture at CDI,” said Armstrong. “This is a pivotal time in the Company’s growth and I am humbled to be part of the senior leadership team that will work together to shape the diversity, equity and inclusion of this great organization in the future.”
Armstrong holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Jackson State University.