Hard Rock International president and CEO to step down

Hamish Dodds will stay through early 2017 to aid transition

Hard Rock Cafe Hamish Dodds
Hamish Dodds of Hard Rock Cafe International Inc. Photo: Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe International Inc. president and CEO Hamish Dodds will step down in early 2017 to pursue new opportunities, the company said Monday.

“It has been an absolute privilege working for Hard Rock over the last 13 years and leading the growth of this amazing brand, while helping to reinforce Hard Rock’s unique character, and its commitment to service and philanthropy,” Dodds said in a statement. “Hard Rock is a place where staff are empowered to deliver authentic guest experiences in a rock and roll environment. Today, the business is well positioned with a strong brand footprint and an extensive pipeline of projects in all business units. I wish the Seminole Tribe of Florida and all our Hard Rock employees and partners continued success in the future.”

Dodds, who said he will help transition the company to new leadership, has led Hard Rock Cafe since 2004. During his tenure, the Orlando, Fla.-based company was acquired by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. It was previously owned by the U.K.-based Rank Group.

Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock Cafe parent Seminole HR Holdings LLC, said in a statement: “We are grateful to Hamish for his leadership and vision. His global perspective was instrumental in the company’s growth. His loyalty and passion are greatly appreciated and we wish him well in the next stage of his career.”

Dodds said he plans to remain active with Hard Rock’s philanthropic arm, The Hard Rock Heals Foundation.

Known for its collection of rock-and-roll memorabilia, Hard Rock International operates 71 venues, including 168 cafes, 23 hotels and 11 casinos around the globe. New properties have recently been announced in New York, London and Berlin.

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