Hard Rock International announces the appointment of Paul Pellizzarias vice president of global social responsibility. In his new position, Pellizzari will hold overall accountability for the growing entertainment brand’s social responsibility programs and initiatives.
In his previous role, Pellizzari led social responsibility for Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) and developed a global leadership position for the corporation. This work included building and leading OLG’s responsible gaming program, which was named “Best Overall Responsible Gaming Program in the World” by the World Lottery Association in 2014 and won 16 other national and international awards.
Prior to leading social responsibility for the OLG, Pellizzari led a research consulting practice at EthicScan Canada, developed social purpose marketing strategies for J. Walter Thompson and worked in corporate communications for Noranda Inc. Throughout his career his work has led to collaborating with all orders of government, the United Nations and with international, national and local not-for-profit organizations.
Pellizzari has written two books and dozens of articles focusing on the topics of corporate social responsibility. Some of his published works include “Conscious Consumption: Corporate SR and Canada’s Grocery Giants” and “Shopping with A Conscience” as well as articles in Canadian Business magazine, The Globe & Mail, Corporate Knights magazine, NOW magazine, Corporate Ethics Monitor and Canadian Gaming Business. In 2015, Pellizzari was named “World’s Top 50 Social Responsibility Leadership Talents” by Global Corporate Social Responsibility Day.
Pellizzari holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Montréal and both a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University, where he has taught as an adjunct professor.
Hard Rock International
With venues in 74 countries, including 185 cafes, 27 hotels and 12 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 Atlantic City, Bali, Cancun, Daytona Beach, Ibiza, Orlando, Shenzhen and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Maldives, Manila, Malaga, Georgetown, Fortaleza, Rosario and Chengdu. New Hard Rock Hotel, Casino or Hotel & Casino projects include Berlin, Budapest, Desaru Coast, Dublin, London, Los Cabos, Maldives, New York City, Ottawa, Sacramento, Dalian and Haikou in China. In 2018, Hard Rock International was recognized as a Forbes Top Employer for Women. For more information on Hard Rock International visit www.hardrock.com.