Hamish Dodds, who has led Hard Rock Cafe International Inc. since 2004, will step down from his role as its president and CEO in early 2017 to pursue new opportunities. The Seminole Tribe of Florida purchased the brand in 2007, and just recently bought the remaining rights, assuming global ownership of the Hard Rock empire.
“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,” Jim Allen, chairman of Seminole HR Holdings, LLC, the company’s parent, said.
During his tenure, Dodds was instrumental in transitioning the Hard Rock into a global hospitality brand. Hard Rock International was previously owned by the Rank Group in the United Kingdom. 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.”
Dodds will help transition the company to new leadership, and will also remain actively associated with Hard Rock’s philanthropic arm, The Hard Rock Heals Foundation.
The next president and CE) has not been announced.