(CelebrityAccess News Service) — Hard Rock Cafe International has named Hamish Dodds president and chief executive officer effective March 8. Dodds most recently held similar positions with Cabcorp and PepsiCo Beverages International.
In addition to more than 100 signature Hard Rock Cafes in 40 countries, Hard Rock has recently extended the brand into Hard Rock Hotels, Hard Rock Casinos and Hard Rock Live entertainment venues.
Prior to joining Hard Rock Cafe, Dodds worked in a variety of industries before joining PepsiCo in 1989. In the 13 years he was with PepsiCo, he gained extensive international experience in franchising, joint ventures and brand management from a number of roles including Finance, General Management and Business Development in Europe, the Middle East and the USA.
Commenting on the appointment, Mike Smith, chief executive of The Rank Group, said, "I am delighted that Hamish has agreed to join the Group and am confident that his considerable expertise in brand and franchise management will prove invaluable as Hard Rock enters its next phase of development." –Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner