Kerzner names new CEO in leadership reshuffle

From left: Michael Wale; Philippe Zuber; Michel Checoury

Kerzner International Holdings, the owner of the Atlantis Resort and Residences and One&Only Resorts brands worldwide, has appointed its current COO, Philippe Zuber, as its new CEO.

Zuber will replace Michael Wale, who has held the role of CEO since February 2018. Zuber most recently served as the COO for Kerzner International, also overseeing Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort and the Atlantis brand globally.

From left: Michael Wale; Philippe Zuber; Michel Checoury

Zuber originally joined the company in December 2015 as president and COO of One&Only Resorts, where he launched the evolution of One&Only beyond beach resorts, to include Nature Resorts, Urban Resorts and One&Only Private Homes.

He also led the multi-million-dollar rebirth of the One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius and introduced one of the first exclusive communities for guests to own a piece of One&Only in the destination.

Stepping down from the CEO seat at the end of September, Wale will join the board of directors of Kerzner International.

During Wale’s tenure, he oversaw the opening of Atlantis Sanya, China, as well as two resorts in Rwanda – One&Only Nyungwe House and One&Only Gorilla’s Nest.

He also introduced One&Only Private Homes at exclusive destinations around the world and signed another five confirmed resorts in the pipeline.

As well, Michel Checoury, who has held the position of CFO since October 2018, will be adding chief administrative officer to his role.

In addition to overseeing finance, Checoury will lead development, technical services, information technology and legal, reporting directly to Zuber.

An industry veteran, he has extensive luxury experience across the globe including Aman, Mandarin Oriental, Jumeirah, InterContinental, Starwood and Euro Disney.

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