Formerly President of Inter-Continental/Crowne Plaza;
Kerzner Names Paul Jones to COO Position and
Helen McCabe-Young as Senior VP, Marketing
|PARADISE ISLAND, The Bahamas -- Oct. 6, 2003-- Kerzner International
Limited (NYSE:KZL) announced today the appointment of seasoned hospitality
executive J.T. Kuhlman as Chief Executive Officer of the Company's recently-launched
One&Only Resorts, its luxury resort brand. Longtime Kerzner executive
Paul Jones was also named Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Kuhlman will have overall global responsibility for the strategic development of One&Only Resorts, including future resort acquisitions, joint ventures, partnerships and management contracts, and overall responsibility for the management and development of the One&Only team. Mr. Kuhlman was most recently President of Inter-Continental/Crowne Plaza, a subsidiary of Bass Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
"The appointment of J.T. Kuhlman to One&Only Resorts represents a serious commitment on our part to grow and expand the One&Only brand significantly over the next five years," commented Butch Kerzner, President of Kerzner International. "J.T. and his team will play a crucial role in maintaining and building on the superior quality product of our resorts and to ensure that One&Only becomes the finest luxury resort company in the world."
During his 24 years at Inter-Continental, Kuhlman was responsible for the growth and expansion of the Inter-Continental brand worldwide, and gained a reputation with owners and managers as an excellent leader and achieved outstanding results in the areas of profitability, guest and employee satisfaction. Just prior to joining One&Only, he was a private consultant and board member to numerous private individual hotel companies and owners and also worked as a Visiting Professor at Cornell University in the U.S. and Ecole Hotelier in Lausanne, Switzerland.
"This is an incredibly exciting and favorable time to build and grow a luxury brand such as One&Only and to offer guests the unique experience for which One&Only resorts are already well known," commented Kuhlman. "My goal is clear: build the finest luxury hotel collection in the world -- a magnificent challenge, but we already have a very strong head start."
As part of the effort to develop and to grow the One&Only brand, Kerzner International has also appointed Paul Jones as Chief Operating Officer, to oversee the global operations for all One&Only Resorts, and Helen McCabe-Young as Senior Vice-President, Marketing, who will be responsible for the overall sales and marketing efforts for One&Only. All three executives will be based in the company's offices in the United Kingdom.
Paul Jones has been with the Company for over 30 years, and assumes the role of Chief Operating Officer of One&Only after having served since 2000 as the COO, International Division, of Kerzner International. He first joined the Company in 1972 and in 1975 was transferred to Mauritius to open Le Saint Geran as Deputy General Manager; 18 months later he was promoted to General Manager. Commented Butch Kerzner, "Paul has been instrumental in developing the unique culture of genuine hospitality at One&Only Resorts. Through Paul's leadership, we have developed an outstanding team of people at our resorts in Mauritius, the Maldives and Dubai. I am very pleased that Paul's role will now be expanded so that he can help J.T. extend this culture of service excellence to all our properties on a global basis."
Helen McCabe-Young joined One&Only in mid-August 2003 after four years at Silversea Cruises, where she was responsible for their worldwide brand development. McCabe-Young helped the company build and implement a successful marketing strategy which saw new business increase by 85% in the initial two-year period as well as a 50% increase in repeat business. She will work with the One&Only sales and marketing teams around the world to further develop the brand strategy, complete the worldwide launch of the One&Only brand and maximize exposure through all marketing and media channels.
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Kerzner International Limited
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