Michael Wale has been named president and chief executive of the Abercrombie & Kent Group, effective from October 1, 2020, the travel trade press reports. Wale will move from Dubai to Monaco for his new role.
Lefebvre d’Ovidio, the Italian-born Monegasque billionaire businessman, who is also Silversea Cruises’ executive chairman, purchased an 85 percent stake in A&K at the start of the year. Silversea Cruises is now part of Royal Caribbean Cruises, with d’Ovidio retaining a one-third stake.
Wale’s career spans almost 40 years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, culminating as president of Europe, Africa and Middle East, directly overseeing the operations of 250 hotels and resorts across 60 countries, according to travelmarketreport.com.
“Michael Wale has a remarkable track record of steering leading luxury brands towards unequalled heights,” Geoffrey Kent, A&K’s co-chairman, said. “We look forward to working with him to elevate Abercrombie & Kent’s profile and achieve even higher standards of excellence.”