Kerzner International appoints leadership team


Dubai: Kerzner International Holdings Limited has announced its new leadership team, with several key promotions handed to Michael Wale (former CEO), Philippe Zuber (former COO) and Michel Checoury (current CFO).

Wale, who has held the role of CEO since February 2018, has been invited to join the board of directors at Kerzner International. He will transition from his role at the end of September.

During his tenure, he expanded Kerzner’s current portfolio and oversaw the opening of two resorts in Rwanda and one in China. Wale also accelerated growth by introducing One&Only Private Homes at exclusive destinations. 

“I am incredibly proud of our team for all that has been accomplished at Kerzner International over the last two and half years,” said Wale. “I am honoured to have worked with such amazing people and I know that we are well positioned for the future. I am thrilled that I am able to continue to be part of the future of Kerzner going forward by joining the board, who have always been so supportive during my tenure. I look forward to continuing to work closely with the team and our partners and am excited for the future of the company.”

Mohammed Al Shaibani, executive director and CEO of Investment Corporation of Dubai, and chairman of Kerzner International Holdings, said: “On behalf of the board and all my colleagues, I would like to express my thanks to Michael for his solid leadership, commitment and hard work. He has built a strong foundation for the company. We wish him well in his new role and I am delighted that he will be joining us on the board to continue the work of growing the company.”

Zuber, who originally joined Kerzner in December 2015 as president and COO of One&Only Resorts, has been appointed as the company’s CEO. 

In his former role, Zuber introduced the ‘We Create Joy’ philosophy at One&Only, launched the evolution of the brand to include nature and urban resorts, and was responsible for overseeing the resorts’ partnership with beauty and wellness brand Chenot.

“Philippe has been instrumental in the success of the company and I look forward to working with him as CEO,” continued Al Shaibani. “This is an extremely important time as the world re-opens for travel and we continue our accelerated growth and further expansion of our existing brands, Atlantis and One&Only.”

Checoury, who joined Kerzner as chief financial officer in October 2018, will be taking on the responsibility of chief administrative officer. In addition to overseeing finance, Checoury will lead development, technical services, information technology and legal, reporting directly to Zuber.

Al Shaibani added: “I am incredibly pleased to have such experienced executives to support our business in both Philippe and Michel.”

Kerzner International Holdings Limited is the owner of Atlantis Resort and Residences and the One&Only Resorts brand worldwide. It also operates the Mazagan Beach & Golf resort in Morocco.

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