Philippe Zuber appointed as the President and COO for One&Only Resorts

Published on : Saturday, December 19, 2015

Philippe_ZUBER_8178Kerzner International Holdings Limited (the “Company”) has appointed Philippe Zuber as President and Chief Operating Officer for One&Only Resorts effective 1 December 2015.



In this role, Mr. Zuber will lead the strategic development of the One&Only brand, including continued operational success of all existing One&Only resorts. The appointment of Mr. Zuber is strategically important as the Company continues further enhancements across existing resorts in the collection and also moves forward with expansion plans for One&Only worldwide. One&Only has also been focusing on continued innovation throughout the One&Only portfolio, with both One&Only Palmilla and One&Only Ocean Club recently introducing new features and experiences for guests after major renovations.


Mr. Zuber will continue this focus on the guest experience across the collection, with continued innovation and further development and growth of the One&Only Team. This key role is critical to delivering the vision of Kerzner International–amazing experiences and everlasting memories.


“I am thrilled to have Philippe join One&Only Resorts at this exciting time of growth for the company,” commented Alan Leibman, CEO, Kerzner International. “He is a strong leader who constantly innovates and has an incredible focus on developing talent to drive amazing guest experiences. I look forward to working with Philippe as we continue to enhance our resorts and build the brand worldwide, continuing to set a new level of expectation in the ultra-luxury sector.”


Mr. Zuber joins One&Only with over 20 years in the hospitality segment, having held both operational and corporate senior leadership positions. Most recently, he was with Emaar Hospitality where, in his capacity of Chief Operating Officer, he successfully oversaw the operations and development of existing and future projects for the group.


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, mix-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.

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