Andy Foster named executive officer

Updated: October 23, 2012, 5:33 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

The California State Athletic Commission, which oversees more combat sports cards -- mostly boxing -- than any other state in the nation, announced Tuesday it has appointed Andy Foster as its new executive officer.

Foster will oversee the daily aspects of combat sports in the state beginning on Nov. 7 with his first commission meeting coming the following day.

Foster previously worked as executive director of the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission as the state's chief regulator of boxing, mixed martial arts, kickboxing, wrestling and ticket brokers.

According to the California commission announcement, during Foster's tenure in Georgia, the commission revenue increased approximately 70 percent and the number of regulated shows grew 40 percent.

Foster has more than 17 years of experience, having been involved in MMA since 1995 and boxing since 1999. He has spent the past 4 1/2 years regulating those sports.

"I'm very excited to be coming to California," Foster said in a statement. "It has a rich boxing and MMA presence with the largest number of shows in the nation, and I look forward to ensuring a regulatory environment that is consistent and fair based upon contestant safety, public protection, and economic growth."

Said California commission chairman John Frierson, "We're very pleased to have landed someone of the background and caliber of Andy Foster. We are hoping he can do in California what he did in Georgia in terms of increasing both revenue and the number of shows."

Foster replaces George Dodd, who resigned from the executive officer post on July 31. Kathi Burns had been in place as the interim executive officer since Dodd's departure.