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Hard Rock announces two senior appointments


Hard Rock has named Joe Lupo as the president of the future Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and Anthony Faranca as property president of Atlantic City.

Lupo’s appointment is subject to regulatory approval stemming from Hard Rock’s purchase of the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from MGM Resorts for $1.08bn (£888.8m/€1.06bn). The deal was agreed in December 2021.

Lupo was previously named as president of Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City in 2018. Before this, he was president of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa, Florida. He is expected to move into the role after Hard Rock receives its licence from the Nevada Gaming Commission.

“As president of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City for the past four years, Joe Lupo has achieved amazing results,” said Jim Allen, international chairman of Hard Rock. “Thanks to his dedication and expertise, financial results continue to outperform expectations, while our team members share an unmatched commitment to guest service and satisfaction.

“I am confident Joe will achieve even greater success at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas.”

Faranca’s new role is set to take effect on September 1. He has experience managing properties in Maryland, Nevada, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Faranca began his career as a guest services manager in Atlantic City, and was promoted to regional vice president of national casino marketing at the four Caesars Atlantic City properties. He went on to become vice president and general manager at Palms Casino Resort.

“Anthony’s deep knowledge of the Atlantic City and Northeast region is an invaluable asset to the company,” said Allen.

“We are confident that Anthony will continue Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City’s legacy of success and impactful leadership in the community.”