Churchill Downs Incorporated announced that Jason Sauer has been named Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for the Company. In this role, Sauer will work closely with other Senior Management in the development and execution of CDI’s strategy and growth initiatives and report directly to Bill Carstanjen, Chief Executive Officer of CDI.
Sauer joined CDI in 2014 as Senior Director, Corporate Development before his promotion to Vice President, Corporate Development in 2019.
“Jason brings a keen aptitude for both traditional M&A deals as well as non-standard, complex commercial arrangements,” said Carstanjen. “During his tenure with CDI, Jason has demonstrated the knowledge and ability to identify and analyze potential growth opportunities and we are pleased to announce this well-deserved promotion.”
Prior to joining CDI, Sauer served as legal counsel for Humana in Louisville, Kentucky and as an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York, New York, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions.
Sauer is a Lieutenant Commander of the United States Navy Reserve who serves as Executive Officer for a reserve command in Norfolk, Virginia. He recently returned to CDI following his second deployment to the Middle East.
Sauer graduated with honors from Harvard College and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky Rosenberg College of Law. He holds additional graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky and the University of Cambridge.