Longtime hotel executive Michael Wale has been named CEO of Abercrombie & Kent Group, effective Oct. 1.

Wale previously was CEO of Kerzner International for two years. Before that, he spent almost 40 years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, most recently as president for its Europe, Africa & Middle East properties.

Michael Wale
Michael Wale

Currently based in Dubai, Wale will relocate to Monaco. 

Wale succeeds Amerigo Perasso, who replaced A&K founder Geoffrey Kent as CEO in August of 2019 after Kent and Silversea executive chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio became co-chairmen of the luxury adventure travel company.

That moved followed an 85% investment in A&K by Lefebvre d’Ovidio’s Heritage Group, which helped Kent buy A&K back from troubled Chinese real estate company Zhonghong Holdings Group.

Perasso left A&K in December to return to his role as an advisor for Heritage, A&K said.

Lefebvre d’Ovidio said Wale’s appointment will open a new chapter for the luxury adventure travel company.

“When guests book a holiday with us, they know we will guide them to amazing places, but the destination is a given.  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,” Lefebvre d’Ovidio said.

Geoffrey Kent said Wale “has a remarkable track record of steering leading luxury brands towards unequaled heights.”


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