Kerzner International has announced the appointment of Michael Wale as its new chief executive.
The company manages a portfolio of globally renowned, entertainment destination resorts, ultra-luxury hotels and residences and innovative entertainment experiences, largely under the Atlantis and One&Only brands.
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 recognisable 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 legendary 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.
“I am thrilled Michael has joined us at this very important time as we continue our accelerated growth and further expansion of our existing brands, Atlantis and One&Only.
“We are also aggressively introducing new brands and experiences around the world, from China to Africa to Europe and beyond,” said Mohammed Al Shaibani, chief executive of Investment Corporation of Dubai, and chairman of Kerzner International.
“Michael has been extremely successful in achieving outstanding guest satisfaction, building a world-class corporate culture and delivering strong financial results.
“Under his leadership, I look forward to the continued growth of Kerzner International, further prosperity and an expanded strategic global footprint.”
Wale is well 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 organisations and inspiring creativity and excellence in his team.
“Kerzner International is an incredible business and I am honoured to be joining the Company at this exciting time.
“Both Atlantis and One&Only have established strong global consumer recognition and loyalty and are perfectly poised for further innovation and strategic growth.
“I look forward to continuing to build and grow long-term relationships around the world,” said Wale.
“We have an incredible group of deeply committed colleagues, all aligned under the company’s vision to ‘blow the guest away’.”