Churchill Downs Inc. announced June 14 that Susan Packard has retired from its board of directors effective June 30. The CDI Board has unanimously adopted a resolution to concurrently reduce the number of directors to 12.
Packard joined the CDI Board in 2004 and has served on the company’s Audit Committee and Strategic Planning Committee. Packard was most recently the president of Brand Outreach of Scripps Networks Interactive. She has announced her retirement from Scripps Networks Interactive, also effective June 30.
“Susan has made a significant contribution to the success of the company since joining the board six years ago,” said CDI chairman Carl Pollard, in a statement. “Susan intends to pursue a new direction professionally and we want to thank her for her contributions, as well as to wish her all the success in her future endeavors.”
“Churchill Downs has benefitted substantially from Susan’s insight and wisdom,” added CDI president and chief executive officer Robert Evans, in a release. “Her guidance and input on our efforts to reshape our organization, particularly at the senior executive level; on our television strategy, where we have both expanded and enhanced our performance considerably; and on our now proven efforts to attract more female customers to Thoroughbred racing, have been invaluable.”
“It has been a pleasure to serve on the board of directors and contribute to the success of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, two American icons.” said Packard in a statement.