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; following a restructuring period, he took the company public again in 1993. Under Mr. Kathwari's leadership, Ethan Allen has been transformed into a leading interior design company whose vertically integrated business model feeds its success.
He holds a B.A. degree in English Literature and Political Science from Kashmir University and an M.B.A. in International Marketing from New York University.
Mr. Kathwari is a member of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; director and former chairman of Refugees International; a director of the International Rescue Committee; director of the Henry L. Stimson Center; chairman of the Kashmir Study Group, an organization he founded in 1996; member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a director and former chairman of the National Retail Federation; a director and former chairman and president of the American Home Furnishings Alliance; and a board member of ArtsWestchester. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; the Advisory Board of the New York University Center for Dialogues: Islamic World—U.S.—The West; the Advisory Board of the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence at James Madison University; the Distinguished Advisory Council of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada; the Western Connecticut State University Foundation board; and the Sound Shore Medical Center board in New Rochelle, NY.