Farooq Kathwari

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Farooq Kathwari is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer of Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. He has been president of the Company since 1985 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since 1988. In 1989 he formed a group to purchase Ethan Allen and took the Company public in 1993. Under Mr. Kathwari’s leadership Ethan Allen has been transformed into a leading manufacturer and retailer of home furnishings in the United States.

Biography

He received his B.A. degree from Kashmir University in English Literature and Political Science and an M.B.A. in International Marketing from New York University.

In 1992 his eldest son Irfan then 19, died while fighting with Mujahideen in Afghanistan.

Mr. Kathwari serves on several not-for-profit organizations, including: Chairman of the National Retail Federation, Chairman of Refugees International, Chairman of the Kashmir Study Group, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Trustee of the World Conference of Religions for Peace, a Trustee of Freedom House, a Director of Henry L. Stimson Center, a Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, a Director of Dialogues: Islamic World-U.S.-The West at New York University, a member of the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence Advisory Board, a member of the American Committees on Foreign Relations’ Board of Distinguished Advisors, and a Director of the American Home Furnishings Alliance.

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