Chief Operating Officer, Kerzner International
Philippe Zuber is Chief Operating Officer for Kerzner International, where he leads the operational success of the Atlantis Resorts and Residences and the ultra-luxury One&Only collection. Focused on the guest experience across the collection, he drives innovation and further development and growth of the Kerzner Team. This key role is critical to delivering the vision of Kerzner International - amazing experiences and everlasting memories. Mr. Zuber is also integral to the continued strategic growth of the Company as the portfolio continues expand.
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 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 for completely redefining the resort well-being experience with the introduction of an exclusive global partnership with leading health wellness and beauty expert brand, Chenot.
In 2011, Mr. Zuber moved to the Middle East to join Emaar Hospitality as 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 became Emaar Hospitality Chief Operating 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 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.