Atlantis Resorts & Residences chief operating officer Serge Zaalof passed away on July 20, 2018.
The cause of death has not been released at this time.
At the time of his passing away, he was heading operations for all Atlantis Resorts & Residences worldwide, including Atlantis, The Palm and Atlantis, Sanya Hainan in China as well as The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences in Dubai and Atlantis, Ko Olina in Hawaii, which are both in development.
He joined Atlantis, The Palm as president & managing director in September 2009, and took his most recent position in September 2016.
Zaalof previously spent 10 years with the Jumeirah Group, where he worked as general manager at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Madinat Jumeirah and as well as senior vice president for Asia Pacific. Prior to that, he spent a year as general manager for resorts in the Caribbean and Tunisia with Allegro International. He began his career in hospitality with the Ritz-Carlton in Paris in 1978 with various positions throughout the United Kingdom and the United States. He then spent seven years with Hyatt International, gaining experience in food and beverage in Mexico, Morocco and the United Kingdom. Zaalof was made general manager of the Hyatt Regency in Casablanca in 1995. He has also worked across Belgium, Spain, Canada and China.
Kerzner International chief executive officer Michael P. Wale said in a message to all the company’s colleagues that “there are many examples of distinguished hoteliers around the world whose careers have been positively impacted by Serge”.