Rick Pickering, chief executive officer of the Alameda County Fair, has been named Cal Expo's new general manager.
The Cal Expo board of directors announced the appointment Friday. Pickering will replace Norb Bartosik, who retires at the end of the year.
The Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton is one of the most decorated fairs in the nation and has been called the fastest growing fair in North America by industry publications, with a 44 percent increase in attendance over the past four years, according to a Cal Expo news release citing Pickering's qualifications for his new post.
Pickering, 54, also has served as deputy general manager of the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa and spent 12 years in city government, including stints with the cities of Costa Mesa and Torrance.
He is expected to start work Dec. 28.