WATG announces promotion of four senior executives

WATG promoted Margaret McMahon and Robert Day to SVP, and Muriel Muirden and Robert Zheng to EVP.

Margaret McMahon joined WATG three years ago to lead the interior design studios as managing director of Wimberly Interiors. Among her accomplishments is the launch of Wimberly Interiors as a new brand in the industry. Under her leadership, Wimberly Interiors opened new studios and ateliers in New York, Los Angeles, Singapore, Dubai and Miami. McMahon’s projects include the Bentley Suite at The St. Regis New York, The Ritz-Carlton, Panama City and the Viceroy Hotel Istanbul. One year ago, McMahon was inducted into Hospitality Design’s Platinum Circle. McMahon is also the first interior designer and first woman to be promoted to SVP at WATG.

Muriel Muirden, managing director of strategy, has been in the tourism, leisure and hospitality industries for 25 years. She joined WATG three years ago to build the firm’s strategy service line. Based in London, Muirden and her team not only provide advice internally, but offer WATG clients in the real estate, tourism, leisure and hospitality industry pre-development strategic consultancy, concept evaluation and business planning. In 2013, Muirden was elected to serve on the WATG’s board of directors and has been instrumental in shaping the over-all business strategy as the firm looks forward to the next 25 years.

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Rob Day, senior director of planning and landscape, leads WATG’s planning and landscape service line in Singapore. His planning projects include the development master plan of Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam; and the expansion of Bei Da Hu resort and support town in northeast China. Day has international planning and landscape experience on three different continents, including the USA, Europe, and Asia. He is serving his second term as a member of the WATG board of directors, after having previously served from 2006 to 2009.

Chao “Robert” Zheng joined the Honolulu office of WATG in 1996. As a veteran in the industry, he relocated to help open WATG’s Singapore office in 2007 and was instrumental in the growth of that office. With his focus on the Asia market, Zheng helped to boost business development in Asia. Zheng returned to Honolulu in 2012 to drive the Hawaii and South Pacific markets while continuing to service Asia. In his function as senior director of development, he continues to drive business development with his international experience and expertise in the industry. Zheng was recently appointed to serve on the board of TIM International (TIMI), the alumni association of the School of Travel Industry Management at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

WATG and affiliated design studio Wimberly Interiors have offices in Irvine, Los Angeles, New York, London, Istanbul, Dubai, Singapore and Honolulu. WATG offers strategy, planning, architecture, urban design, landscape design and interior design for urban, tourism and resort destinations. 

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