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May 2011 - George Markantonis, President and Managing Director of Kerzner International Bahamas, is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Burke, Chief Operating Officer for Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas. Kerzner International Limited, which through its subsidiaries, is a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts, casinos and luxury hotels.
Burke has an extensive background in operations and has successfully managed substantial and complex businesses. Most recently, Burke was Executive Vice President/ Principal of Noble Investment Group in Atlanta Georgia, a position he held since 2006. In that role he was responsible for overseeing the operations of 15 full-service branded hotels within the company’s $1.8 billion investment portfolio, comprised of luxury hotels, resorts, conference centers, golf courses, spas and fine-dining operations. Prior to joining Noble Investment Group, Burke was with Interstate Hotels & Resorts in Arlington, Virginia, where he held the positions of the President of Hotel Operations from 2004-2006 and Executive Vice President of Operations from 2003-2004. Interstate Hotels & Resorts is one of the largest independent hotel management companies in the United States. While at Interstate, Burke oversaw operations of 250+ full-service branded hotels with a $2.6 B portfolio, representing 42,000 rooms, 32,000 employees in 36 states in the US and four countries.
“We feel very fortunate to have Paul join our Atlantis, Paradise Island team,” says Markantonis. “We are confident that with Paul’s experience and his track record of strong leadership, he will continue to uphold Atlantis’ standards as one of the world’s leading resort destinations.”
In his new role, Burke will be responsible for the overall day-to-day operations of Atlantis, with an emphasis on maintaining Atlantis’ high level of guest satisfaction. He will work closely with and report directly to Markantonis. Burke received his undergraduate degree from Concordia College in New York, and his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.
Kerzner International Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, is a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts, casinos and luxury hotels. Kerzner’s flagship brand is Atlantis, which includes Atlantis, Paradise Island, a 2,317 room ocean-themed destination resort in The Bahamas, as well as The Cove Atlantis and The Reef Atlantis. Kerzner extended its Atlantis brand globally with the development of Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, a 1,500-room, water-themed resort opened in late 2008 on The Palm. Mazagan Beach Resort, a 500-room destination casino resort in Morocco, opened in October 2009. Kerzner also manages seven of the top-rated luxury resort properties in the world, under the One&Only brand, which are located in The Bahamas, Mexico, Mauritius, the Maldives, South Africa and Dubai. The latest addition to the collection, One&Only The Palm, Dubai, opened in November 2010. For more information concerning Kerzner and its operating subsidiaries, visit kerzner.com.
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