July 19, 2018 – Hard Rock International – owner of one of the world’s most-recognizable and iconic brands – announces the appointment of Mark Linduski as Director of Licensing. In his new role, Linduski will draw on more than two decades of experience in the retail industry to drive brand exposure and customer reach through engaging partnerships and various licensing opportunities. Linduski will report directly to Hard Rock Cafe’s Senior Vice President – Merchandising & eCommerce, Edward Deutscher.
“We are honored to welcome Mark to the Hard Rock Team,” said Stephen Judge, President of Cafe Operations for Hard Rock International. “Mark brings a wealth of experience to the Company and we look forward to working closely with him to greatly develop our licensing portfolio and increase our retail distribution.”
Prior to joining Hard Rock, Linduski was a Senior Buyer for Cookware, Appliances, and Food at Evine Live, a multiplatform interactive digital commerce company that markets, sells and distributes products to consumers through television, online, mobile and social media. Linduski brings more than 20 years of experience in buying, national sales, product licensing, product development, overseas sourcing, manufacturing, marketing, product packaging and retail artwork for various product categories. The University of Iowa graduate has also helped develop several celebrity product lines including Wolfgang Puck, Paula Dean, Todd English (Green Pan), Sig Hansen (Deadliest Catch), Roy Yamaguchi, Tyler Florence, Rocco DiSpirito, Kerry Simon, Chef Jamie Gwen, Tim Love, and many others.
Internationally-recognized as a world-class restaurant and hospitality brand, Hard Rock operates cafes across the world that are visited by more than 79 million guests each year. Its first cafe opened in London, England, and from there the brand has expanded to major cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Paris, Sydneyand Tokyo, and exotic settings such as Kuala Lumpur, Dubai and Malta. Hard Rock Cafe offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience with a commitment to serving fresh, high-quality ingredients. To satisfy the consumer’s ever-changing palate, Hard Rock continually updates its menu with limited-time offerings including burger pairings, innovative cocktails and more.