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Appointments & Promotions

Hard Rock International Appoints Andrew Nasskau as Vice President of Operations Development

ORLANDO, FL. August 31, 2017 - Hard Rock International announces the promotion of Andrew Nasskau to vice president of operations development for the brand. As the former Area Vice President of Operations, Nasskau was responsible for the management, operations and pre-opening of Hard Rock Hotels throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. Directly reporting to Senior Vice President of Hotels, Dale Hipsh, Nasskau's new role will include overseeing pre-opening global operations and development for the brand, as well as the brand's managed portfolio.

"With more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Andrew is the perfect fit for the position of vice president operations development and we look forward to seeing his continued success," said Dale Hipsh, senior vice president of hotels, Hard Rock International. "From serving guests to hoteliers, Andrew's career has been a stadium tour packed with sellout dates in London, Dubai, Tenerife and more."

A seasoned veteran in the hospitality industry, Nasskau joined the Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos team in 2015 as regional director of operations – EMEA and was promoted in 2016 to area vice president of operations – EMEA. As area vice president of operations, he was responsible for overseeing all area hotel operations while simultaneously working closely with partners to ensure brand standards were met, driving strategic growth and increased profitability. With more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Nasskau has worked with five-star hotel companies and spent 14 years of his career with Ritz-Carlton at various locations worldwide, where he successfully led hotel operations, planned expansions and openings, and generated groundbreaking revenues for the brand.

Adding to his resume, Nasskau served as corporate director of operations for Luxury Hotel Partners in 2013, spearheading management and operations for the portfolio of luxury boutique hotels across Europe.

The appointment of Andrew Nasskau comes as the Hotel & Casino portfolio actively expands into China, Europe and key gateway cities around the world. For more information on Hard Rock, International, visit hardrock.com.

About Hard Rock International

With venues in 74 countries, including 178 cafes, 24 hotels and 10 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. 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. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company's two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Phnom Penh, Cairo, Cape Town and Chengdu. New Hard Rock hotel, casino or hotel-casino projects include Atlanta, Atlantic City, Berlin, Budapest, London, Los Cabos, Maldives, New York City, Davos, Ottawa, Dalian and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

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Lauren Harrison/Jill Trudeau
hardrock-pr@zimmerman.com
850.668.2222

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