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.
James B. Carlson
James B. Carlson became a director of the Company on June 10, 2013. Mr. Carlson serves as an Adjunct Professor at the New York University School of Law, teaching Securities and Capital Markets Regulation since 1996. From 2009 through 2011, he also taught Derivatives and Changing Regulation at the School of Law, and from 2010 through 2012, he taught Microfinance and Access to Finance for the Global Poor as an Adjunct Professor at the NYU Stern School of Business. Mr. Carlson, who has been practicing law since 1981, currently is a member of the law firm Mayer Brown, LLP, where he has been a partner since 1998. From 1997 through 2004, he was the Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s New York Office and also served as the firm’s Global Practice Leader from 2004 through 2008. Mr. Carlson brings extensive knowledge in corporate and financial strategies, and is a highly regarded member of both the legal and business communities.
John J. Dooner Jr.
John J. Dooner, Jr., became a director of the Company on January 26, 2011. He recently established The Dooner Group, a marketing communication consultancy, and serves as Chairman Emeritus of McCann Worldgroup (“McCann”), 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 also serves on several not for profit organizations; including as Chairman of St. Thomas University based in Miami Florida. He is Past Chairman of Board of Trustees and Past Brand Platform Chairman of United Way Worldwide based in Washington, DC. Mr. Dooner brings extensive advertising and branding expertise to the Company.
Domenick J. Esposito
Domenick J. Esposito became a director of the Company on July 21, 2015. Mr. Esposito has been a practicing CPA since 1974 and currently is the Chief Executive Officer of ESPOSITO CEO2CEO and a Board member at three privately held valuation services firms. From 2002 to 2016, Mr. Esposito was a senior partner and member of the Executive Board at CohnReznick LLP. From 2001 through 2002, he was Vice Chairman of BDO and from 1979 through 2001, he served as a member of Grant Thornton, where he became partner in 1981 and the firm’s Chief Executive Officer in 1999. Prior to 1979 he served as a member of Price Waterhouse. He has been a member of the NASDAQ Listing and Qualifications Committee and recently served on the NASDAQ Listing and Qualifications Panel. He formerly served as the leader of the New York State Society of CPA’s Committee for Large and Medium Sized Firms Practice Management and was also an Adjunct Professor at C.W. Post / Long Island University. Mr. Esposito’s extensive public accounting background strengthens the oversight of our financial controls and reporting.
Mary Garrett became a director of the Company on January 5, 2016. Ms. Garrett retired from IBM in December 2015 after a distinguished 34-year career with positions in marketing, sales and engineering. In her most recent position at IBM, as CMO of Global Markets, she led the development and execution of unique marketing and communication strategies encompassing cloud computing, cognitive/data analytics and cybersecurity in 170 countries around the world. Previously, Ms. Garrett led global marketing for IBM Global Technology Services and also held P&L responsibility for the $6B enterprise segment for that business. She has earned a patent for her work in speech recognition as an engineer in IBM’s research division. Ms. Garret also serves on the Board at Hill-Rom Corporation (NYSE:HRC), a global medical technology company where she is also a member of the audit committee. Ms. Garrett is the Immediate Past Chairperson of the Board for the American Marketing Association and an active mentor in W.O.M.E.N. in America, a professional development group aimed at advancing promising professional women. Recently, she joined the strategic planning committee and the technology committee of the Western Connecticut Health Network. Ms. Garrett’s significant technology and marketing experience is a valuable addition to our Board.
Dr. James W. Schmotter
Lead Independent Director
James W. Schmotter became a director of the Company on April 20, 2010. Dr. Schmotter is President Emeritus of Western Connecticut State University, from which he retired on June 30, 2015. He previously served as Western Michigan University’s Dean of the Haworth College of Business, the Dean of the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, as well as Associate Dean and Director of International Studies at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Dr. Schmotter has served as a managing director of the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, as chair of the board of directors of the United Way of Western Connecticut, as a corporator of the Savings Bank of Danbury, as a director of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and as a director of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce and the Latino Scholarship Fund (Connecticut). He is currently a consultant with CBT University Consulting, as well as a member of the board of directors of the Dunes of Naples II Condominium Association and the Schools Outreach Committee of the Naples Council on World Affairs (Florida). A recipient of the Walter F. Brady Jr. Award for the Advancement of Higher Education in Connecticut, he has since 2011 chaired accreditation review teams for three New England universities. Dr. Schmotter’s strong leadership, educational and governmental background provides key insight and experience in strategic planning, international/global issues as well as communicating with younger customers which is valuable in his service to the Company.
Tara I. Stacom
Tara I. Stacom became a director of the Company on September 29, 2015. Ms. Stacom is an Executive Vice Chairman at Cushman & Wakefield, a worldwide commercial real estate firm with 43,000 employees. During her 35-year career, Ms. Stacom has been responsible for executing in excess of 40 million square feet and some of the largest and most complex leasing, sales and corporate finance transactions - including, most recently, acting as exclusive leasing agent for One World Trade Center. Ms. Stacom has been serving on the Board of Trustees at Lehigh University since 2003, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. She is a founder of ire@l, a real estate minor in the business college at Lehigh University. In recognition of her commitment and many years of service to Lehigh University, as well as Greenwich Academy, Ms. Stacom has received prestigious Alumni Awards from both organizations. Ms. Stacom serves as a Director of the Realty Foundation of New York and is a Member of the Real Estate Board of New York serving on its Ethics Committee. Ms. Stacom is a “Director’s Circle Member” of Girls, Inc. and a Board Member of Right to Dream. She is the recipient of Crain’s New York Business 100 Most Influential Women in New York City Business, and is a Realty Foundation of New York honoree. 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 for recognition of the contribution she has made to communities, businesses, volunteer agencies and public and private sector services worldwide. She has also been honored by the Visiting Nurse Service of New York and the New York Police Athletic League. 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 in commercial real estate and finance to the Board.