PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Andy Pazder, a 20-year employee of the PGA TOUR, was named Executive Vice President and Chief of Operations for the PGA TOUR by Commissioner Tim Finchem on Friday.
Pazder has served the past three years as Senior Vice President of Tournament Administration for the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour. He succeeds Rick George, who left in November to become Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers franchise.
In his current capacity, Pazder has had oversight responsibility on all tournament administration, tournament regulation, membership services and policy issues on all three Tours, and has collaborated with the PGA TOUR Player Advisory Council and Policy Board on all matters pertaining to tournament eligibility.
Pazder also has been the PGA TOUR designee on the Technical Committee of the Official World Golf Ranking Board and has liaised with members of the International Federation of PGA Tours on such matters as World Golf Championships and tournament schedules.
"Andy's background and many years of working with our players and tournaments makes him the ideal choice for this position," Finchem said. "He has the respect of players, tournaments and other professional golf tours around the world. His experience has prepared him well for his new role."
Pazder joined the PGA TOUR Finance Department in 1989 after working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He moved to Tournament Administration and Competition in 1997 and held various positions before taking on his current responsibilities.
"I've been fortunate to be part of the PGA TOUR for many years now and I take tremendous pride in what our players, tournaments and the game of golf represent, that being integrity, professionalism and a unrivaled commitment to charity," said the 44-year-old Pazder. "I look forward to working closely with our players, sponsors and host organizations on all aspects of our business to protect and grow this great game."
A native of Erie, Pa., Pazder graduated with honors from West Virginia University in 1988 with a degree in Business Administration.