Kerzner International names Michael P. Wale as chief executive officer

Kerzner International names Michael P. Wale as chief executive officer

Kerzner International Holdings, which owns the Atlantis Resort and Residences and One&Only Resorts brands worldwide, announced the appointment of Michael P. Wale as its new chief executive officer. The company manages a portfolio of globally renowned, entertainment destination resorts, ultra-luxury hotels and residences and innovative entertainment experiences.

Wale joins Kerzner International at a transformational time, with the accelerated growth of both destination-defining brands. The $1.6 billion Atlantis, Sanya resort in China with world-class partner, Fosun, began welcoming guests in February, joining the flagship Atlantis, The Palm resort in Dubai, one of the most recognizable hotels in the world.  The One&Only portfolio is also evolving, introducing Nature Resorts, Urban Resorts and Private Homes to the covetable One&Only Beach Resorts, in the most inspiring locations.  The One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius began welcoming back guests in December to a completely reborn resort. Wale will be responsible for building on this momentum, developing continued strategic growth, driving the successful operation of the existing collection of award-winning resorts and developing talent across the company.

Wale is positioned to lead Kerzner International into the future. He has a track record of delivering exceptional growth in hospitality by focusing on continuous innovation, creating guest-centric organizations and inspiring creativity and excellence in his team. This approach completely aligns with Kerzner’s vision of developing a community of passionate people who deliver Amazing Experiences and Everlasting Memories for guests.

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Wale’s successful career, to date, was with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide that spanned almost 40 years, most recently as President for Europe, Africa & Middle East, directly overseeing the operations for almost 250 hotels and resorts in 60 countries.  He was appointed to this position in June 2013 and was based at the company’s EAME divisional office in Brussels, Belgium.  During his tenure, he led the successful integration of Le Meridien into Starwood.

Passionate about the development of leadership talent, Wale also created Vita Futura at Starwood, an innovative graduate training programme which shaped the careers of many future leaders.  He served as a Next Step Mentor with The Prince’s Trust, as well as mentors future leaders in hospitality.   Philanthropy has always been a focus for Wale, named a Fellow of UNICEF, in recognition of his work for Checkout for Children, which raised over $35 million over 20 years.  

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