Hard Rock International Names John Galloway Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Jan 11, 2010, 05:00 ET from Hard Rock International

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Hard Rock, one of the world's most recognizable and iconic brands, today announced that John Galloway has been named Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Hard Rock International, overseeing global marketing, advertising and promotions for Hard Rock's 159 venues worldwide.

Galloway brings more than 20 years of experience in the marketing industry to Hard Rock, including an extensive background with PepsiCo in various capacities - Vice President of Marketing, Gatorade; Vice President/General Manager, IZZE Beverage Co.; Vice President, Sports and Media; and Brand Manager for Mountain Dew. Additionally, Galloway held international positions covering Europe and Africa. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Galloway worked at Tracey Locke Partnership and Young & Rubicam.

As Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Galloway will be spearheading Hard Rock's global marketing efforts for the company's 129 cafes and 12 hotels/casinos, including live music, philanthropy, memorabilia, artist relations, sponsorships, promotions and special events.

"We look forward to John's impact and leadership in continuing to grow our brand," said Hamish Dodds, President and CEO of Hard Rock International, commenting on the appointment. "John brings strong branding expertise and substantial global operations experience to Hard Rock."

Galloway, a graduate of Manhattan College, is relocating from Chicago to Hard Rock International's global headquarters in Orlando with his wife and three children.

About Hard Rock International

With a total of 159 venues in 54 countries, including 129 cafes and 12 Hotels/Casinos, Hard Rock International is one of the world's most globally recognized brands. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, San Diego, Pattaya, Bali, Macau and Penang. Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in: Singapore and Punta Cana, scheduled to open in 2010; Panama, scheduled to open in 2012; and Atlanta, Hungary, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, scheduled to open in 2013. Hard Rock International is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For further details on Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos, visit www.hardrockhotels.com. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

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