Hard Rock Cafe International CEO steps down after 12 years

Hard Rock Cafe International has announced that its president and CEO Hamish Dodds has decided to step down from his position in early 2017 to pursue new opportunities. The company has been led by Dodds since 2004.

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.

"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," said Dodds.

Jim Allen, chairman of Seminole HR Holdings, LLC, the company's parent, said, "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."

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.