Michael Wale has been named president and CEO of the Abercrombie & Kent Group, effective 1 October 2020.
Wale joins the luxury travel company from Kerzner International, the owner of Atlantis and One & Only Resorts, where he held the role of CEO.
Before joining Kerzner, Wale’s career spanned almost 40 years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, culminating as president for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, directly overseeing the operations of 250 hotels and resorts for its 10 brands in 60 countries.
Wale succeeds Amerigo Perasso, who replaced A&K founder Geoffrey Kent as CEO in August last year.
A&K co-chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio said the appointment of Wale marks an exciting new chapter for the wholesaler.
“When guests book a holiday with us, they know we will guide them to amazing places, but the destination is a given,” he said.
“What they expect from us – and what keeps them coming back – is how we go the extra mile. Michael’s extensive experience in guest services and operations will take what A&K is known for to the next level.”
Kent added: “Michael Wale has a remarkable track record of steering leading luxury brands towards unequalled heights.
“We look forward to working with him to elevate Abercrombie & Kent’s profile and achieve even higher standards of excellence.”
Wale is currently based in Dubai and will be relocating to Monaco for his new role at A&K. He will continue his association with Kerzner International as he joins the board of the company.
“I am thrilled to be joining the team at Abercrombie & Kent at this pivotal time in the company’s history,” Wale said.
“I have travelled with A&K before and understand its distinctive approach to luxury experiential travel. I also look forward to working with Geoffrey and Manfredi, two titans of the travel industry, to build a bright future for our guests, partners and staff.”