Sad farewell to Interface founder and chairman

Founder and chairman of Interface, Ray Anderson, has died from cancer aged 77.

The founder and chairman of Interface, Ray Anderson, has died from cancer aged 77.

Anderson founded Interface in 1973 to produce the first free-lay carpet tiles in America.

Interface, is the manufacturer of module carpet, which it markets under the InterfaceFLOR, FLOR, Heuga and Bentley Prince Street brands, and through its Bentley Prince Street brand.

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The company is committed to sustainability and doing business in ways that minimises the impact on the environment while enhancing shareholder value.

“Ray was and continues to be our company’s heart and soul. His iconic spirit and pioneering vision are not only his legacy, but our future. We will honour Ray by keeping his vision alive and the company on course,” said Dan Hendrix, president and CEO, Interface.

Ray chronicled the Interface journey in two books, Mid-Course Correction (1998) and Confessions of a Radical Industrialist (2009). The latter was recently released in paperback as Business Lessons from a Radical Industrialist.

An honours graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology’s school of industrial and systems engineering in 1956, Anderson remained an ardent supporter of the school, which awarded him with an honourary doctorate of philosophy this year.

Together, he and Interface funded the Anderson-Interface Chair in Natural Systems at Georgia Tech, where associate professor Valerie Thomas conducts research sustainability.

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