Deena Pitman has been named executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, replacing Mike Smith who announced his retirement earlier this year.
Pitman joined the IHRC staff in 1993, as its first licensing supervisor, and is credited with crafting the first occupational licensing system in Indiana. In 2000, she was promoted to Assistant Executive Director (Deputy Director) where she was involved in managing all aspects of the agency.
“Deena’s longevity with the commission enables her to provide a unique perspective to this role which no other candidate had,” said IHRC Chairman Phil Borst. “The knowledge and experience she brings with her is unmatched, making us confident that she will continue to move Indiana horse racing forward.”
The commission also appointed Thomas Linkmeyer to fill the role of deputy director.