Atlantis Dubai proudly announces the appointment of Timothy M. Kelly as the President of Atlantis, Kerzner International. This is a testament to Timothy’s outstanding contributions and achievements during his six-year tenure at Atlantis Dubai.
In this brand-new role, Timothy will be responsible for leading and representing the entire Atlantis brand globally. He will continue his responsibilities overseeing the teams in Atlantis, The Palm and Atlantis The Royal in Dubai, and will begin overseeing the team in Atlantis Sanya in China. Timothy will also officially join Kerzner International's esteemed Executive Team, ensuring the delivery of the entire organisation's strategy across its multi-award-winning portfolio.
Timothy’s innate ability to lead and inspire his team has ensured that Atlantis, The Palm outperforms year on year. The illustrious Grand Reveal of Atlantis The Royal in January this year set the pace for a stream of awards, including the recent announcement that the newly opened property had been ranked in The World’s 50 Best Hotels list – the only hotel in the Middle East to be featured. From the record-breaking expansion of Atlantis Aquaventure, to the star-studded food and beverage offerings across both properties as well as the roll-out of multiple award-winning sustainability projects including the Atlantis Atlas Project, the achievements under Timothy’s leadership continue to propel the brand forward as a destination that reveals a new and extraordinary experience at every turn.
In his new role, Timothy will also ensure resort operations, design planning, brand alignment, sales and marketing, and people initiatives at all Atlantis properties are carried out to the highest level. Additionally, he will be responsible for representing Kerzner International, while providing mentorship to all General Managers and Executive Leaders under the Atlantis brand.
"Timothy’s appointment acknowledges his inspiring and dedicated leadership, and the incredible successes he has overseen at Atlantis, The Palm, which continues to achieve record growth, and Atlantis, The Royal, which opened to worldwide acclaim and excitement earlier this year, and is already collecting global awards and recognition," said Philippe Zuber, CEO of Kerzner International. "I am delighted to welcome him to the Executive Team, and confident that under his stewardship, Atlantis will continue to innovate and excite, boldly redefining the luxury resort and entertainment experience for guests around the world."
Commenting on his appointment, Timothy Kelly, President of Atlantis, said, "I am truly honoured that Kerzner International has placed their trust in me to embark on this exciting chapter ahead. The past six years have been incredible, and there's been nothing more rewarding than witnessing our brand's successful growth trajectory. I look forward to an exciting future filled with endless possibilities and continuing to work with our amazing colleagues throughout Kerzner International.”
Before joining Atlantis Dubai, Timothy served in a variety of senior leadership positions, most recently as Senior Vice President of Resort Operations at Wynn Palace, Cotai and Wynn, Macau (SAR). Prior to this, Timothy held the prestigious role of Vice President of Hotel Operations at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was here that Timothy’s emphasis on guest experience, through the implementation of personalised service strategies, and the introduction of a new brand concept “Skylofts at MGM Grand”, led to MGM Resorts International achieving their first “Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award” in the history of the company.
Timothy's leadership excellence afforded him to be the first representative of Forbes Travel Guide Service Advisory Committee, representing the Asia-Pacific Region, on Five-Star luxury service and maintenance standards. He was also appointed to the Nevada Hotel Lodging Association Board of Directors for six years, lobbying the state legislature supporting the integrated resort industry.