Daniel T. Hendrix
President and Chief Executive Officer
Appointed in July 2001 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Interface, Inc., Dan is committed to ensuring that each Interface business unit is a high-performing asset that provides a positive and meaningful environment for its employees and strives toward sustainability in all dimensions — people, product, place, process and profits.
As President and CEO, Dan is credited with leading Interface’s financial turnaround from 2001 — reducing the company’s overall debt, increasing profitability, focusing on the company’s core modular business and increasing Interface’s global market share. He has led Interface’s strategy globally to further diversifying Interface’s market strategy from a focus on the corporate office market. Non-corporate office market segments, such as education, hospitality, healthcare, retail and institutional space, have grown to represent approximately 40 percent of our worldwide business and more than half of our U.S. business.
At the same time, Dan is working with Interface associates worldwide to grow the modular business in emerging markets such as China, Central America, Latin America, India, Africa and the Middle East. Together, he and other Interface associates are investing in new technology and additional business opportunities in those emerging markets.
Under his leadership, Interface is now creating and leading the modular carpet category worldwide that once was considered a niche market. He also leads Interface’s global strategy to eliminate any negative impact its companies have on the environment by 2020, a journey the company has termed Mission Zero™.
Dan joined Interface, Inc. in 1983, shortly after the company’s initial public offering. He was quickly elevated from financial manager to treasurer and then to chief financial officer in 1985. Working as CFO at Ray Anderson’s side, Dan led Interface in a series of acquisitions, both domestic and international, ranging in size from $2 million to $150 million. Several of these acquisitions nearly doubled the company in size, including the 1988 acquisition of the then-largest carpet tile manufacturer in the world, Holland-based Heuga, which combined then-number two Interface with Heuga and firmly established Interface as the leader in that market segment.
Dan addresses some 40 plus investor groups each year to talk about Interface’s financial progress and the business case for sustainability. He also speaks to a wide range of organizations about how Interface has applied sustainability to its business, discussing the company’s strategy of getting ahead by making investments that are good for the environment, as well as long-term growth.
A native of Florida, Dan graduated with honors from Florida State University with a B.S. in accounting in 1977. He and his wife Betsy live in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, and have two children, Lauren and John.