Executives on the Move: Kerzner, Marcus & Millichap, Vision Hospitality

NATIONAL REPORT—Hospitality companies are bolstering their leadership rosters. Here’s a look at recent personnel shifts in the industry:

Kerzner International Announces Strategic Leadership

Kerzner International Holdings, owner of the Atlantis Resort and Residences and One&Only Resorts brands worldwide, promoted two key executives. Philippe Zuber has been promoted to COO and Brett Armitage has been promoted to the new role of chief commercial officer for Kerzner.

Zuber will lead the operation of all Kerzner resorts, including the flagship Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai, the recently opened Atlantis, Sanya in China, the entire One&Only collection, and Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in Morocco. Zuber is also integral to the continued strategic growth of the company as the group continues to expand.

Zuber will also focus on the portfolio’s food and beverage concepts, leading innovation of new destination dining experiences, entertainment and partnerships with world-renowned chefs.

Zuber joined the company in 2015 as president/COO for One&Only Resorts, where he launched the evolution of the brand beyond beach resorts to include Nature Resorts, Urban Resorts and One&Only Private Homes. He also led the multimillion-dollar rebirth of the One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius, as well as the opening of One&Only’s second nature resort, One&Only Nyungwe House in Rwanda.

Two Join Marcus & Millichap in the Nation’s Capital

Marcus & Millichap has added Andrew Kern and David Altobello, two senior-level commercial real estate investment professionals specializing in the acquisition and disposition of hospitality assets nationwide, to the firm in Washington, DC.

Previously with Newmark Knight Frank (NKF), Kern will be a senior managing director and Altobello will be a first VP of investments.

Kern is a 35-year hospitality industry veteran who, prior to joining Marcus & Millichap, served as an executive managing director with NKF. Before working with NKF, he was managing director and hospitality team leader at Rockwood Real Estate Advisors.

Over the course of more than 20 years in hospitality, Altobello has structured more than $1 billion in real estate transactions. Before signing on with Marcus & Millichap, he was a managing director with NKF.

Vision Hospitality Group Adds to Roster

Vision Hospitality Group Inc. has named Jonathon Woolsey as development manager. He joins Vision from EMJ Construction, where his contributions were made in several capacities, including project engineer and project manager, during his six-year tenure.

Woolsey’s background includes a portfolio of commercial property new-builds and redevelopments across the Southeast, such as Bass Pro Shops, Unum Group, Wacker Polysilicon, several LiDL grocery stores, and Vision’s own Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Atlanta Decatur/Emory.