Corporate Governance

  • Independent

    Audit Committee

    Compensation Committee

    Nominations Committee

  • Clinton A. Clark

    Chairperson

    Clinton A. Clark, 71, was elected as a director of the Company on June 30, 1989. He and a partner are sole owners of Clark Quality Construction, LLC, a residential development Company. Prior to founding Clark Quality Construction, Mr. Clark was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Long John Silver’s Restaurants, Inc. from 1990 through September 1993 and prior thereto was President and Chief Executive Officer of The Children’s Place, a retail children’s apparel chain he founded in 1968. Mr. Clark has also been an investor and director of several private companies. Mr. Clark’s experience managing publicly-traded companies, experience as an executive, and his knowledge of the history of the Company has provided the Company with a wealth of knowledge in strategic planning, corporate finance, compensation, and sales and marketing in consumer related industries.

  • John J. Dooner, Jr.*

    Member

    Member

    John J. Dooner, Jr., 65, was elected as 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 CEO from its founding until 2010. 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 CEO of McCann Erickson Worldwide, a post he assumed in 1992. Mr. Dooner also serves on several not-for-profit organizations, including Chairman of St. Thomas University Miami Florida. Immediate Past Chairman of Board of Trustees remains Chairman of Brand Platform United Way Worldwide Washington DC.

  • Kristin Gamble

    Member

    Member

    Kristin Gamble, 68, was elected as a director of the Company on July 28, 1992. Since 1984, she has been President of Flood, Gamble Associates, Inc., an investment counseling firm. Ms. Gamble was Senior Vice President responsible for equity strategy and economic research with Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company from 1981 to 1984. Prior to that, she held various management positions with Manufacturers Hanover (1977-1981), Foley, Warendorf & Co., a brokerage firm (1976-1977), Rothschild, Inc. (1971-1976) and Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith (1968-1971). Since May 1995, she has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Federal Realty Investment Trust. Through her roles and responsibilities Ms. Gamble has extensive experience and insight relevant to her service to the Company, including that of Trustee of a realty investment trust and real estate markets. Ms. Gamble’s knowledge of the history of the Company as well as her significant financial management experience has resulted in strong skills in corporate finance, accounting and compensation.

  • Dr. James W. Schmotter

    Member

    Chairperson

    James W. Schmotter, 66 was elected as a Director of the Company on April 20, 2010. Dr. Schmotter currently serves as President of Western Connecticut State University. 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 consulted for a variety of organizations including IBM, TRW, the Institute for International Education, the Cleveland Foundation, the Graduate Management Admission Council, the Educational Testing Service, United States Agency for International Development, and a number of universities in the U.S., Asia and Europe. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Graduate Management Admission Council, was the founding Vice Chair of the Board of the MBA Enterprise Corps, has been a member of many committees of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and served as a member of the Executive Committee of the NCAA. Dr. Schmotter is currently chair of the board of directors of the United Way of Western Connecticut, a corporator of the Savings Bank of Danbury, and a former director of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce. 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.

  • Frank G. Wisner

    Member

    Frank G. Wisner, 75, was elected as a director of the Company on July 23, 2001. He is International Affairs Advisor of the law firm Patton Boggs LLP. He is former Vice Chairman, External Affairs, of American International Group ("AIG"), a United States-based mixed financial services and international insurance organization. Mr. Wisner is also on the board of directors of EOG Resources. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Commercial International Bank (CIB) in Cairo, Egypt and of Pangea 3, a New York based legal outsourcing company, privately held. Prior to joining AIG, he was the United States Ambassador to India from July 1994 through July 1997. He retired from the United States Government with the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest grade in the Foreign Service. Mr. Wisner joined the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer in 1961 and served in a variety of overseas and Washington positions during his 36-year career. Among his other positions, Mr. Wisner served successively as United States Ambassador to Zambia, Egypt and the Philippines. Before being named United States Ambassador to India, his most recent assignment was as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Prior to that, he was Under Secretary of State for International Security Affairs. Ambassador Wisner’s global, diplomatic and governmental experience provides insights and perspectives valuable in the operations and strategic planning of the Company.

  • James B. Carlson

    Member

    Chairperson

    James B. Carlson, 58, was elected as 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 laws 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.

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  • M. Farooq Kathwari - Chairman & CEO

    Farooq Kathwari, 69, 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 received his B.A. degree from Kashmir University in English Literature and Political Science and an M.B.A. in International Marketing from New York University. Mr. Kathwari serves on the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and several not-for-profit organizations, including: Director of Refugees International, Director and former Chairman of American Home Furnishings Alliance, Director of National Retail Federation (NFR) and Director of International Rescue Committee. Mr. Kathwari has received numerous recognitions, including most recently the Honorary Doctor of Public Service Degree awarded by Tufts University President on May 20, 2012, the NFR’s highest honor Gold Medal Award, and was inducted into the Furniture Hall of Fame. Mr. Kathwari has extensive experience and knowledge of the history of our Company and the furniture industry as well as extensive experience in growing and managing a business. He possesses insight into retailing, marketing, manufacturing, 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.

 

 

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