LAS VEGAS-Fontainebleau Resorts LLC has attracted Howard C. Karawan as its chief operating officer. The former Kerzner International president’s charges include overseeing the $2.9 billion Fontainebleau Las Vegas being built on the Strip here as well as the $500-million renovation of Fontainebleau Miami Beach. He also will be responsible for marketing, human resources, retail and information technology initiatives.

While with Kerzner, Karawan directed the development of Atlantis, Paradise Island in The Bahamas and worked on project planning for the company’s Dubai Atlantis project. He also directed the ongoing strategy for Kerzner’s high-end chain of One & Only resorts.

Construction began earlier this year for Fontainebleau Las Vegas, a 63-story, 3,889-room resort, condo-hotel, casino and entertainment resort that is slated to open this time next year. The 25-acre development includes restaurants and retail shops, a 60,000-sf spa, 3,200-seat performing arts theater, meeting space and a large rooftop pool and club scene.

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