Hard Rock International has named Stephen K. Judge, an industry veteran with more than three decades of experience, as president of cafe operations, the company said Wednesday.
Judge will oversee the daily operations of 176 restaurants worldwide. He will also direct the company’s branded retail business.
“Stephen has an impressive record of exceptional leadership and in-depth experience in leading innovation and driving growth in the restaurant industry,” said Jim Allen, CEO of Hard Rock International, in a statement. Judge will report directly to Allen. “We look forward to seeing Stephen lead the business and work to grow the Hard Rock Cafe brand.”
Before joining Hard Rock International, Judge was president and CEO of Romacorp, overseeing 150 restaurants in 32 countries. Earlier, he worked with Bloomin’ Brands, Darden Restaurants, MGM Mirage and Rosewood Hotels. He also spent several years in the cruise industry.
Judge is known for overseeing the launch of new restaurant and bar concepts and directing multi-year food and beverage evolutions.
Hard Rock International, which is based in Orlando, Fla., has locations in 75 countries, including 176 cafes, 24 hotels and 11 casinos.
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