Farooq Kathwari is the Chairman, President and CEO of Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. since 1988.
Mr. Kathwari serves in numerous capacities at several nonprofit organizations, including as Chairman Emeritus of Refugees International (RI); a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR); a member of Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee (IRC); a member of the advisory board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); a member of International Advisory Council of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP); director emeritus and former chairman and president of the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA), and a director and former chairman of the National Retail Federation (NRF). He also serves on the boards of Western Connecticut State University Foundation and Arts Westchester. He founded and chairs the Kashmir Study Group. He served as a member of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from 2010 to 2014.
He has received several recognitions, including being inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame; the Outstanding American by Choice award from the U.S. government; the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal; the National Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee; the National Retail Federation gold medal; the International First Freedom Award from the Council for America’s First Freedom; Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award; the Anti-Defamation League’s Humanitarian Award, and the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award from the National Association of Asian MBAs. He was also recognized by Worth magazine as one of 50 Best CEOs in the United States.
He received a BA in English Literature and Political Science from Kashmir University, Srinagar, Kashmir and an MBA in International Marketing from New York University. New York, NY. He has also received three honorary doctorate degrees.