Directors

James B. Carlson

  • Compensation Committee Chairperson
  • Audit Committee Member

James B. Carlson, 60, 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. Mr. Carlson is the Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.

John J. Dooner Jr.

  • Independent Lead Director
  • Nominations & Corporate Governance Committee Member
  • Compensation Committee Member

John J. Dooner, Jr., 67, 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 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 Chief Executive Officer 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 based in Miami Florida, Immediate past Chairman of Board of Trustees United Way Worldwide, and remains Trustee and Chairman Brand Platform United Way Worldwide based in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Company’s Compensation Committee and Nominations Committee as well as the Lead Independent Director in 2014.

Domenick J. Esposito

  • Audit Committee Chairperson
  • Compensation Committee Member

Domenick J. Esposito, 68, became a director of the Company on July 21, 2015. Mr. Esposito, who has been a practicing CPA since 1974, currently is a member of the CPA firm CohnReznick LLP, where he has been a partner since 2002. He is currently serving as the National Practice and Growth Director and prior to that served as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Esposito will be retiring his position with CohnReznick LLP on January 31, 2016. 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 to the Board of Directors 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 is also a member of the Audit Committee of the Company.

Mary Garrett

  • Audit Committee Member

Mary Garrett, 57, became a director of the Company on January 5, 2016. Ms. Garrett retired from IBM in December 2015 after a distinguished 34-year career where she led the development and execution of unique marketing and communication strategies encompassing the Smarter Planet agenda, Big Data, cloud computing, social business and other growth plays in support of IBM clients across both mature and emerging markets. During her career, she most recently served as Vice President, Marketing and Communications for IBM Global Sales and Distribution responsible for leading geography marketing teams as well as global marketing for Industries, Enterprise and Midmarket business, Digital Sales and field enablement. In addition, she was secretary for the IBM Board of Advisors, where she drove ongoing dialog with IBM’s largest global CIOs, and the CMO Council, where she facilitated best practice exchanges with the world's leading marketers. Previously, Ms. Garrett led worldwide marketing for IBM Global Technology Services. Ms. Garrett serves on the Board of Directors of the American Marketing Association, a global professional association with more than 30,000 members, where she also serves as Vice President Finance and Secretary, and also is an active mentor in W.O.M.E.N. in America, a professional development group aimed at advancing promising professional women. Her significant technology and marketing experience will be a valuable addition to our Board.

Dr. James W. Schmotter

  • Nominations & Corporate Governance Committee Chairperson
  • Audit Committee Member

James W. Schmotter, 68, became a director of the Company on April 20, 2010. Dr. Schmotter is President Emeritus of Western Connecticut State University, an institution he led eleven years as president until 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 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, and a former director of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and 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. He is a member of the Audit Committee and the Chairman of the Nominations Committee.

Tara I. Stacom

  • Nominations & Corporate Governance Committee Member

Tara I. Stacom, 57, became a director of the Company on September 29, 2015. Ms. Stacom has served as an Executive Vice Chairman at Cushman & Wakefield, a worldwide commercial real estate firm, since 2013, and has served in various capacities at Cushman & Wakefield since 1981. During her 32-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 as exclusive leasing agent for One World Trade Center. Ms. Stacom also serves on the Board of Trustees at Lehigh University, 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 years of service to Lehigh University and 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 director of Right to Dream USA. She is the recipient of Crain’s New York Business 100 Most Influential Women in New York City Business, and is an honoree of the Realty Foundation of New York. 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's background provides extensive knowledge in commercial real estate and finance, which the Company believes will be valuable to her services to the Company.

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Farooq Kathwari - Chairman & CEO

Farooq Kathwari, 71, 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. From 2010 to 2014 Mr. Kathwari served on the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and is currently affiliated with several not-for-profit organizations, including: as director of Refugees International, director and former Chairman of American Home Furnishings Alliance, director and former Chairman of National Retail Federation (NRF) and on your Board of Overseers of International Rescue Committee. In addition, Mr. Kathwari currently serves on the Advisory Board of the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Kathwari has received numerous recognitions, including Honorary Doctor of Public Service awarded by Tufts University President on May 20, 2012, the NRF’s highest honor Gold Medal Award, a recognition by the U.S. Government as an Outstanding American by Choice and was an inductee into the Furniture Hall of Fame. 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, 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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