Luxury travel company appoints new President & CEO

Michael Wale Abercrombie & Kent

Abercrombie & Kent, the multi million pound turnover luxury travel company which has its headquarters in Cheltenham, has named Michael Wale has its next President & Chief Executive Officer of the Abercrombie & Kent Group by Geoffrey Kent and Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, co-chairmen.

The appointment is effective from October.

Michael joins the luxury travel company from Kerzner International, the owner of Atlantis and One & Only Resorts, where he was CEO. Before joining Kerzner, his career spanned almost 40 years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, culminating as President for Europe, Africa & Middle East, directly overseeing the operations of 250 hotels and resorts, for its ten brands, in 60 countries.

Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio said: “With Michael, Abercrombie & Kent will start an exciting new chapter. 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.”

Geoffrey Kent added: “Michael Wale has a remarkable track record of steering leading luxury brands towards unequalled heights.  We look forward to working with him to elevate Abercrombie & Kent’s profile and achieve even higher standards of excellence.”

Michael will continue his association with Kerzner International as he joins the Board of the company.

He sale: “I am thrilled to be joining the team at Abercrombie & Kent at this pivotal time in the company’s history. I have travelled with A&K before and understand its distinctive approach to luxury experiential travel. I also look forward to working with Geoffrey and Manfredi, two titans of the travel industry, to build a bright future for our guests, partners and staff.”

Abercrombie & Kent is the world’s leading luxury and adventure travel company. It was founded by Geoffrey Kent and his parents in 1962 as a safari company in East Africa. Their first journeys, conducted with little more than a refrigerated truck and a silver ice bucket, set the style for every A&K journey that followed: authentic, inspiring and well organised. A&K’s award-winning travel services now extend around the globe to more than 100 countries on all seven continents.

A&K is now majority-owned by the Monaco-based Heritage Group, a leading private group investing in tourism and other industries. In February 2019, Geoffrey Kent formed a strategic partnership with Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Chairman of Heritage group, to jointly acquire 100 per cent of the Abercrombie & Kent Group of Companies S.A. (Abercrombie & Kent). This union brought together two visionaries in luxury travel to further develop Abercrombie & Kent as the premier brand in luxury and experiential travel.