Farooq Kathwari

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 1987.[1] In 1989 he formed a group to purchase Ethan Allen and took the Company public in 1993.[2] Under Mr. Kathwari’s leadership Ethan Allen has been transformed into a leading manufacturer and retailer of home furnishings in the United States[2][3]

Mr. Kathwari serves on several not-for-profit organizations, including: Chairman 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.

He has received several recognitions, including the “Outstanding American by Choice Award” by the National Retail Federation Gold Medal; recipient of the International First Freedom Award from the Council for America’s First Freedom, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Anti-Defamation League’s Humanitarian Award.


  1. ^ Jayne O'Donnell (June 25, 2007). "CEO Profile: Ethan Allen's Kathwari was always a leader". USA Today. Retrieved Feb 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Susan Berfield (Oct 21, 2001). "At Ethan Allen, Selling Furniture and Tolerance". Businessweek. 
  3. ^ American born son of Ethan Allen furniture tycoon Farooq Kathwari, was killed fighting Jihad in Afghanistan

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