ORLANDO, FL (CelebrityAccess) — Hard Rock Cafe International announced that Hamish Dodds, its President and CEO, has decided to step down from his position in early 2017 to pursue new opportunities.
Dodd has been on the job since 2004 and oversaw the transfer of Hard Rock from Rank Group in the United Kingdom to the Seminole Tribe of Florida, who wholly own the company now.
Dodds was instrumental in both this transition and the transformation of Hard Rock into a global hospitality brand. Hard Rock International operates restaurants, hotels, casinos and live music venues in more than 70 countries. Hard Rock branded hotel properties have recently been announced in New York, London and Berlin.
"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. Hard Rock is a place where staff are empowered to deliver authentic guest experiences in a rock and roll environment," said Dodds. "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."
While he's stepping down from his leadership post at the company, he will remain active with Hard Rock's philanthropic arm, The Hard Rock Heals Foundation. – Staff Writers