Consumer >> CEO Interviews >> April 14, 2002

M.farooq Kathwari – Ethan Allan Interiors Inc (eth)

M. FAROOQ KATHWARI is the Chairman, President and CEO of Ethan Allen Interiors, Inc. He has been President of the company since 1985 and Chairman and CEO since 1998. Under Mr. Kathwari's leadership, Ethan Allen has been transformed into a leading manufacturer and retailer of home furnishings in the United States. He received his BA from Kashmir University in English Literature and Political Science and an MBA in International Marketing from New York University. Mr. Kathwari is a founding member of the Kashmir Study Group, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Trustee of the National Policy Association, a member of the Board of the National Retail Federation, President of American Furniture Manufacturers Association (AFMA), a Director of Western Connecticut University Foundation, a Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, and a Director of Refugees International. He also serves on the Board of HON Industries. Mr. Kathwari has received several recognitions, including 'National Human Relations Award' 1995 by the American Jewish Committee; the 'American Muslim Achievement Award' 1997 by the Islamic Center of Southern California; 'Leader of the Year Award' in 1997 by Furniture Today; in 1999 Worth magazine recognition as one of 50 Best CEOs in USA; 'University Recognition Award' 2001 by Western Connecticut State University. Profile
TWST: Could we begin with a brief historical sketch of the company and

an overview of what you're doing at the present time?

Mr. Kathwari: Ethan Allen is perhaps the most recognized brand name