Locally Founded Tourism Design Company Appoints Moore as President and CEO
WATG, one of the world’s leading travel and tourism design companies, has announced the appointment of David D. Moore AIA, as President and CEO. Moore joined WATG in 1989 at the company’s Honolulu office and is currently Chairman of the Board. Moore’s appointment was made in February. He succeeds Anthony Mallows, who has led the firm with distinction since 2017. Moore is the first CEO of WATG to be based in Asia-Pacific, a region he pioneered for the firm in the 1990s.
Over the decades, WATG has designed and renovated many remarkable projects across Hawai’i, adding to the archipelago’s modern landscape and skyline. These projects include the Bank of Hawaiʻi and the Waikīkī Galleria Tower; Hawaii Convention Center; Sheraton Waikīkī; Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort and Spa; four seasons Maui Wailea; The Ritz Carlton Residences, Waikīkī Beach and Spa; and the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.
During his early years at the company, Moore worked with founder George “Pete” Wimberly and was instrumental in expanding the company’s presence throughout the Asia-Pacific region. As Managing Director of the Honolulu office, Moore led the opening of the Singapore office in 1997 and diversified the company’s portfolio to include urban, lifestyle and boutique projects. Moore served on the board of trustees of the Hawaii State Art Museum and was a member of the Honolulu section of the AIA. From 2002 to 2007, Moore co-owned and operated Shanghai Tang with his late wife Kristen.
Moore is currently certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards in Honolulu, Hawai’i. After residing in Honolulu from 1989 to 1996 and then again from 2001 to 2007, Moore moved to Singapore in 2008 as Managing Director to further develop the company’s business throughout the Asia-Pacific region. He was appointed Regional Managing Director for Asia-Pacific + China in 2018 and opened the WATG Shanghai office in 2018. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2011, most recently as Chairman.
Commenting on his appointment, Moore said: “I am honored to take on the leadership role at WATG and to have had the privilege of working with Anthony for the past three years. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank Anthony for his inspiring leadership. His contribution to WATG and Wimberly Interiors has been exemplary and he will be sorely missed.
Anthony Mallows said: “My time with WATG and Wimberly Interiors has been remarkable. I was truly inspired by the dedication, creativity and passion of our talented designers around the world. David is an outstanding successor. His dedication to our customers, our team and our partners is unmatched. This year, while unexpected and challenging in many ways, has given us plenty of time to reflect on what is really important in life. I look forward to spending time with my family, writing and working on some sustainable initiatives around the world. I look forward to supporting David’s transition over the next few months and wish him and the company every success in the future.
A graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Moore brings over 30 years of design experience to his new role, including in-depth knowledge of a range of project types ranging from large urban and mixed-use developments. to beachfront retreats and luxury boutique environments. .
Moore continues to play an active role collaborating with clients and overseeing projects in Southeast Asia and China.
Over the years he has designed over 50 projects with WATG. Notable projects include the Four Seasons Tianjin, Conrad Maldives, Bellagio Shanghai, the Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott in Beijing, Shangri-La Boracay, Anantara Peace Haven, Ritz-Carlton and Conrad in Bali, Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa, First Hawaiian Bank in Guam, and Great Keppel Island in Australia. He has worked with the world’s most trusted hotel brands and plans to continue fostering these key relationships as President and CEO.
WATG was founded in 1945 and celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2020. The company is one of the world’s leading design companies specializing in hospitality, entertainment + games, urban + mixed-use and residential design. range. WATG’s interior design company, Wimberly Interiors, was launched in 2011 and is consistently ranked in the Top 20 by Interior Design Magazine in its Hospitality Giants survey. Throughout its history, WATG and Wimberly Interiors have designed more than 400 projects built in 170 countries and territories around the world.