Chairman & CEO
Farooq Kathwari is the Chairman, President and Principal Executive Officer of Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. He has been President of the Company since 1985 and Chairman and Principal Executive Officer since 1988. He holds B.A. degrees from Kashmir University in English Literature and Political Science and an M.B.A. in International Marketing from New York University. He is also the recipient of three honorary doctorate degrees. Mr. Kathwari serves in numerous capacities at several nonprofit organizations. He is an advisory member of the New York Stock Exchange; a director and former chairman of the National Retail Federation; a member of the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee; Chairman Emeritus of Refugees International; a member of the International Advisory Council of the United States Institute of Peace; and a member of the advisory board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Among his recognitions, Mr. Kathwari is a recipient of the 2018 Ellis Island Medal of Honor and has been inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame. He has been recognized as an Outstanding American by Choice by the U.S. government. He has received the Yale School of Management’s Chief Executive Leadership Institute Lifetime of Leadership Award and Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He has also been recognized by Worth magazine as one of the 50 Best CEOs in the United States. Mr. Kathwari has extensive experience and knowledge of the history of the Company and the furniture industry as well as extensive experience in growing and managing a business. Mr. Kathwari possesses insight into retailing, marketing, manufacturing, finance and strategic planning from experience with the Company as well as his broad experience with both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, which has given him perspectives from other industries valuable to his service to the Company.
John J. Dooner Jr.
Lead Independent Director
John J. Dooner, Jr., became a director of the Company on January 26, 2011. Mr. Dooner founded The Dooner Group, a marketing communication consultancy in 2012, and serves as Chairman Emeritus of McCann Worldgroup, a company he formed in 1997, and of which he had been Chief Executive Officer from its founding until 2011. Under Mr. Dooner’s leadership, McCann grew to be one of the world’s largest marketing communications organizations, with operations in over 125 countries with a client roster that includes preeminent global marketers and many of the world’s most famous brands. Prior to assuming that position, Mr. Dooner was Chief Executive Officer of McCann Erickson Worldwide, a post he assumed in 1992. Mr. Dooner serves on several not-for-profit organizations including as Chairman of St. Thomas University based in Miami, Florida. He is Past Chairman Board of Trustees and Past Brand Platform Chairman of United Way Worldwide based in Washington, DC. In April 2019, Mr. Dooner was inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Fame. In May 2019 he received an honorary doctorate from St. Thomas University. Mr. Dooner brings extensive advertising and branding expertise to the Board.
Tara I. Stacom
Tara I. Stacom became a director of the Company on September 29, 2015. Ms. Stacom is an Executive Vice Chairman of Cushman & Wakefield since 2013, a worldwide commercial real estate firm with 50,000 employees. During her 40-year career, Ms. Stacom has been responsible for executing in excess of 60 million square feet and some of the largest and most complex leasing, sales, and corporate finance real estate transactions. Ms. Stacom earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance at Lehigh University where she later served on the Board of Trustees. She is a director of the Realty Foundation of New York and a member of the Real Estate Board of New York having served on numerous committees including Ethics and the Commercial Brokerage Division. In January 2022, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of Inveniam Capital Partners, a privately-held fintech company. Ms. Stacom is a “Director’s Circle Member” of Girls, Inc., a board member of Right to Dream and recipient of Crain’s New York Business 100 Most Influential Women in New York City. She was awarded “Woman of the Year” of the New York Executives in Real Estate (WX), and Real Estate New York and Real Estate Forum’s Women of Influence. She received Northwood University’s Distinguished Women’s Award in recognition of the enormous contribution she has made to communities, businesses, volunteer agencies, and public and private sector services worldwide. Ms. Stacom was honored with the Real Estate Board of New York’s highest achievement, the 2011 Most Ingenious Deal of the Year (First Place Henry Hart Rice Award) for the leasing of One World Trade Center. Ms. Stacom brings extensive knowledge of commercial real estate and finance to the Board.
Ms. Casar has held various high level executive positions within the United Nations (“UN”), the government of Mexico and other financial institutions. During her career at the UN, she served as Under-Secretary-General from 2014 to 2016 and as CFO and Controller between 2011 and 2014. Additional roles within the UN included the post of Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme and Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme. Between 2006 and 2009, Ms. Casar worked for the government of Mexico, including senior leadership positions of National Treasurer and Executive Director for the Mexican Agency for International Cooperation. Prior to that, she held leadership roles in prominent organizations, including Banco Nacional de Servicios Financieros (BANSEFI). Ms. Casar is proficient in Spanish, English, French and Italian and holds an MBA and a degree in public accounting, with honors, from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Ms. Casar brings to the Board her strategic financial and risk management, key ESG perspective, sound human resources leadership expertise and in-depth knowledge of managing business transformation initiatives.
Dr. John Clark
John Clark became a director of the Company on November 30, 2021. Dr. Clark is a special advisor to the System President of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU). He previously served as President of Western Connecticut State University from 2015 until 2022. Prior to that, Dr. Clark was the Acting University Executive Director of the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Office of Business and Industry Relations. Before joining CUNY, he was a visiting professor at Stony Brook University as well as spent time as Interim Chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY). During his career at SUNY, Dr. Clark was the interim president of four of its colleges; Plattsburgh, Brockport, Alfred State and Optometry. He also served as Interim Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and University Life at SUNY System Administration. Before joining SUNY, Dr. Clark had an 18-year Wall Street career as an analyst and investment banker specializing in health and higher education. Dr. Clark held various positions in New York City and state government and is a Vietnam-era veteran. He also has wide-ranging experiences as a board member with various not-for-profit organizations providing educational, healthcare, and housing services. Dr. Clark holds five degrees, including a Bachelor of Arts degree in history cum laude from Providence College, a Master of public administration degree from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), a Master of Arts degree in economics from Fordham University, a Master of Arts degree in philosophy from New York University, and a Doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Clark brings to the Board his strategic thinking, people development skills and unique hands-on experience in education, investment banking and administration management.
Cynthia Ekberg Tsai
Cynthia Ekberg Tsai became a director of the Company on November 30, 2021. Ms. Ekberg Tsai is the CEO of Tana Systems, a global software and IT company based in the U.S. and India. She is also CEO of Healthquest, a global biotechnology and medical technologies advisory firm, where she specializes in providing strategic introductions and advice to rising executives. Ms. Tsai spent 16 years on Wall Street as a Vice President with Merrill Lynch and Kidder Peabody. She is the former Founder and CEO of HealthExpo, the largest consumer healthcare event in the U.S., where she grew the enterprise from concept to execution, attracting more than 50 million consumers to HealthExpo. Previously, Ms. Tsai was a General Partner in MassTech Ventures, a multi-million-dollar equity fund focused on technology development at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ms. Tsai currently serves on the Board of Selectors for the Jefferson Foundation Awards and is on the board of the Prix Galien Foundation. In 1999, the Harvard Business School Alumni Chapter in New York recognized Ms. Tsai with an Early-Stage Honor Roll Award for Entrepreneurship. In 2004, she also received a “Leading Woman Entrepreneur of the World” Award from the Star Foundation in Overland Park, Kansas. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Missouri. Ms. Tsai brings to the Board her strategic thinking and unique hands-on experience in investment banking and brand building.
David M. Sable
David M. Sable became a director of the Company on November 30, 2021. Mr. Sable is Co-Founder and Partner of DoAble, a Marketing Consultancy focused on branding, positioning, and big ideas. As Senior Advisor to WPP plc (“WPP”), a multinational communications, advertising, public relations, technology, and commerce holding company, he mentored and consulted across the company. Previously he was Chairman of VMLY&R. He propelled Y&R to a top-five global creative firm at Cannes, developed new resources and practices, expanded the global footprint of subsidiary company VML, and ultimately helped unify Y&R and VML into VMLY&R, one of the most successful agencies in the industry today. Mr. Sable serves as a board member and member of the Audit, Compensation and Nominating Committees of American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO). Prior to his time at Y&R, Mr. Sable served at Wunderman, Inc., a leading customer relationship manager and digital unit of WPP, as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, from August 2000 to February 2011. Mr. Sable was a Founding Partner and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Genesis Direct, Inc., a pioneer digital omni-channel retailer, from June 1996 to September 2000. Mr. Sable attended New York University and Hunter College in New York. In 2013, Fast Company named Mr. Sable one of the 10 Most Generous Marketing Geniuses. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of both UNICEF/USA and the International Special Olympics, as well as on the Executive Board of UNCF and he was Executive Producer on MTV’s highly acclaimed REBEL MUSIC series. Mr. Sable brings to the Board more than 30 years of experience and strategic insight in digital leadership and marketing communications. The Board also benefits from his extensive involvement with community programs.