Chief Executive Officer, Kerzner International
Philippe Zuber is Chief Executive Officer for Kerzner International, the owner of the iconic Atlantis Resort and Residences and ultra-luxury One&Only Resorts brands worldwide. Philippe spearheads the Company’s strategic expansion plans for the growth of the portfolio and drives the successful operation of the existing collection of award-winning, globally renowned resorts. He builds continuous guest innovation to fulfil the Company’s core vision of creating Amazing Experiences and Everlasting Memories for each and every guest.
Kerzner International, through its subsidiaries, is a leading global developer and operator of destination resorts, ultra-luxury hotels and residences and innovative entertainment and gaming experiences. Kerzner International’s flagship brand, Atlantis, includes Atlantis, The Palm, a 1,500-room, entertainment resort destination on The Palm, overlooking the Arabian Sea and mainland Dubai; Atlantis, Sanya in China, as well as Atlantis, The Royal Resort & Residences in Dubai and Atlantis Ko Olina in Hawaii, both in development.
Under the One&Only Resorts brand, Kerzner International manages some of the most top-rated, ultra-luxury resort properties in the world, located in Malaysia, Mexico, Mauritius, the Maldives, South Africa, Dubai, Australia, and Rwanda. One&Only is expanding in inspiring locations, hand-picked for exceptional beauty and bespoke cultural charm with new resorts currently in development: One&Only Portonovi in Montenegro, One&Only Mandarina in Mexico, One&Only Kéa Island in Greece, and One&Only One Za’abeel in Dubai. One&Only is also adding Private Homes to the collection in key destinations. Additionally, Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, a 500-room destination golf and casino resort in Morocco, is also operated by Kerzner International.
Mr. Zuber joined Kerzner International in 2015 as President and Chief Operating Officer, One&Only Resorts, with over 20 years of experience in hospitality, having held both operational and corporate senior leadership positions. He was instrumental in evolving the portfolio to introduce One&Only Nature Resorts, Urban Resorts and Private Homes, in addition to the award-winning Beach Resorts for which the brand is well known for. In addition, Philippe introduced the new service philosophy of “We Create Joy” for both guests and colleagues, building a new culture at One&Only. He was also responsible forcompletely redefining the resorts’ well-being experience with the introduction of an exclusive global partnership with leading health wellness and beauty expert brand, Chenot.
Mr. Zuber became Emaar Hospitality Chief Operating Officer/Acting Chief Executive Officer in 2013, leading a team with almost 5000 associates. Emaar Hospitality Group has a portfolio of key assets including hotels, mixed-use properties, serviced residences, golf retreats, a polo and equestrian club, lifestyle dining outlets with Atmosphere, La Serre and the Dubai Marina Yacht Club. Emaar’s world-class hotel brands include: The Address Hotels + Resorts, Palace Hotel, Armani Hotels + Resorts, Vida Hotels + Resorts and Rove Hotels. During his tenure, he helped Emaar Hospitality win Hospitality Company of the Year (Arabian Business Awards), Best Hotel Chain in the Middle East (GTA) for The Address Hotels + Resorts and Best Lifestyle Leisure Hotel Group in the World (LTA) for Vida Hotels & Resorts. In addition, Mr. Zuber also led projects in development in Dubai and internationally inclusive of Dubai Opera and creates new lifestyle boutique hotel brands for the group (Vida, Manzil, and Rove). Mr. Zuber initially moved to the Middle East in 2011 to join Emaar Hospitality as the General Manager/Regional General Manager at their flagship hotel, The Address Downtown Dubai. In this role, he oversaw the hotel, as well as serviced residences and eight restaurants. In addition, he played a key role in developing Downtown Dubai into the ‘Center of Now’- a residential community and a must-do experience for every visitor.
Mr. Zuber began his career at Hyatt International where he started in Food and Beverage in France and then moved to Morocco. He was then promoted into a regional role, overseeing six hotels across the Hyatt brand in France, Spain and Morocco. Mr. Zuber then moved to Grand Hyatt Berlin, overseeing an extensive renovation, resulting in multiple awards for the hotel. Mr. Zuber was then promoted into his first General Manager role at the Hyatt Paris Madeleine. He then moved to the Park Hyatt in Seoul, winning the Best General Manager of the Year by Monocle Magazine.
Mr. Zuber lives in Dubai with his wife and has two children.