Hard Rock International Grows Corporate Executive Team For Upcoming Global Expansion

Orlando, Fla. – Hard Rock International – with locations from Bali and San Diego to Singapore and Macau – announces new corporate executive positions, including Josh Littman as director of development in EMEA, Eddie Lynn as director of operations for Hard Rock Casinos, and Sal Rivera as regional director of operations in Latin America. In preparation for the upcoming global expansion of Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, the new executives will contribute to developing, managing and successfully delivering the brand’s iconic experiences.

“Hard Rock International’s strategy of expansion into Latin America, Europe and Mexico demands a dynamic, experienced executive team,” said Michael Shindler, executive vice president of Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos. “We look forward to growing our talented Hard Rock team and delivering our brand promise of inspired, irreverent and authentic experiences.”

The new director of development for Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Josh Littman, will be responsible for the brand’s expansion activities in the EMEA region, including sourcing and negotiating transactions for new-build properties or conversions and, where appropriate, potential venture collaborations. Littman’s hotel and resort real estate knowledge gained during his tenure with AECOM, a Fortune 500 global firm, ranges from projects in India, Italy and Spain, to Ireland, Russia and Portugal.

Eddie Lynn, previously general manager of the Casino in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, will take on the role of director of operations for Hard Rock Casinos. His duties include casino programming, enhancement of operating policies and procedures and due diligence in connection with new casino development opportunities. With more than 35 years of experience in the gaming industry, from Costa Rica and Colorado to The Bahamas and Spain, Lynn will contribute savvy business strategy and knowledge to the growing brand.

Sal Rivera joins the team as regional director of operations for Latin America, where he will oversee delivery of brand standards and programs, support sales and marketing and facilitate training. Rivera’s nearly 20 years of hotel experience, including established hotel brands such as Hilton, will contribute managerial knowledge and strategic business consultation to the region.

Internationally recognized as a world-class entertainment and lifestyle brand, Hard Rock properties offer stylish and contemporary design, unparalleled service and the thread that unites them all – music. Hard Rock’s current Hotel and Casino portfolio is located in the world’s most enviable resort destinations, as well as urban gateway cities. Hard Rock Hotels cater to the evolving and distinctive needs of today’s cosmopolitan, modern travelers, who seek a reprieve from traditional, predictable properties, whether for business or leisure travel.

To book a vacation experience at any of the Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, please visit www.hardrockhotels.com.

About Hard Rock International
With a total of 174 venues in 53 countries, including 138 cafes and 16 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, Penang, Singapore, Punta Cana and Panama. Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced including Cancun and Vallarta scheduled to open in 2012; and Riviera Maya, Hungary 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 or www.facebook.com/hardrockhotels. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com or www.facebook.com/hardrock.