Hard Rock Changes Atlantic City President

Hard Rock International is replacing the president of its Atlantic City casino three months after opening. The casino will replace Matt Harkness with Joe Lupo (l.), a former Borgata executive, and a seasoned Atlantic City vet.

Just three months after the opening of Hard Rock Atlantic City, Hard Rock International is making a change at the top.

The casino announced it is replacing Matt Harkness with Joe Lupo, a former Borgata executive effective November 1. Officials did not say why the change was being made.

Harkness oversaw the planning, construction and opening of Hard Rock which was formerly the Trump Taj Mahal. Lupo, who runs Hard Rock’s Tampa casino, was a vice president at the MGM-owned Borgata. He was formerly vice president of operations at Borgata, overseeing gambling, marketing and entertainment.

“I would like to thank Matt for his contribution to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City and appreciate his efforts leading the successful opening of this exceptional property,” said Jon Lucas, Hard Rock International’s chief operating officer.

Hard Rock said Harkness will assume “new responsibilities,” but did not say specifically what they would be.