According to a Feb. 5 report from RingsideReport.com, Glory Sports International, the parent company of the world’s new premiere kickboxing league, GLORY World Series, has announced the appointment of former WWE Executive VP Andrew Whitaker to the position of global CEO of Glory Sports International.
“Andrew joining as CEO is an important milestone in the development of GLORY as a company and kickboxing as a sport,"said GLORY Sports International Chairman, co-founder, and award-winning hedge fund investor Pierre Andurand. "We’ve had an incredible first year – we have over 40 of the world’s top kickboxing athletes signed to us exclusively, we’ve staged four amazing events, achieved TV distribution in 200 countries and trended No. 1 globally on Twitter on New Year’s Eve 2012 – GLORY and kickboxing are for real. As we start a new season in 2013, we have a calendar of over 10 events on 3 continents, an active global standard for athlete rankings, and we are rolling out a successful global format for kickboxing tournaments with our Grand Slams, Slams and Road to GLORY events. In addition, we are fully committed to entering the US market, and we are delighted Andrew has joined GLORY to oversee all this growth.”
Whitaker is a former Executive Vice President for WWE, so he brings a wealth of experience to the position.
“I am looking forward to taking a hands-on approach to driving the growth of what I have believed, for months, is an incredible combat sports entertainment product with tremendous global appeal,” said Whitaker, who previously served on the GLORY Sports International Board of Directors as Non-Executive Director.
“Our kickboxing rules distinguish our sport by requiring elite athleticism, skill, and honor, from GLORY kickboxers, and produce some of the most exciting knockouts ever seen in combat sports. Our martial artists define the word ‘warrior,’, and our superb level of production makes our live events one of the most fan-friendly entertainment experiences in the world. GLORY has already redefined the standard for kickboxing, and has all the elements necessary to become a major player in the global sports industry,” continued Whitaker.