Interface, Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of modular carpet, announced on February 22nd that Jay D. Gould, President and Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective March 3, 2017. Gould succeeds Daniel T. Hendrix, who served as CEO for nearly 16 years. Hendrix will continue his involvement with the company remaining as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Gould had worked alongside Hendrix for the past two years overseeing global operations, marketing, and organizational development. Gould was a key driver of the company's recent expansion beyond carpet tile into modular resilient flooring, with its debut luxury vinyl tile offering coming to market in 2017.
Under Hendrix's leadership, Interface secured its position as the leading global manufacturer of modular carpet, as well as a trailblazer in sustainability through its commitment to Mission Zero™. Hendrix successfully drove the company's business by focusing on Interface's core carpet tile business and diversifying its market segmentation through expansion into the education, hospitality, healthcare, retail and institutional spaces. Hendrix will continue to bring his industry expertise and counsel to bear as Chairman of the Board.
"I have every confidence in Jay's ability to build upon the company's success and lead Interface into a new stage," said Hendrix. "Jay's energy is contagious and motivational. His style of leadership, combined with his global brand experience and passion for Interface, makes him the perfect successor."
Prior to joining Interface in 2015, Gould served as CEO of American Standard Brands, where he re-energized the 138-year-old brand and led a financial turnaround including top-line growth, cost cutting, and innovation leadership. In Gould's 20 years of experience, he also helped globalize brands such as Minute Maid, Dasani, Graco and Rubbermaid.
"Dan has established his legacy as a tremendous leader, focused on the powerful combination of business performance and purpose. I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to work with and steer this inspired and talented Interface team across the globe," stated Gould. "Like Dan, I'm optimistic that we can be a successful, profitable and growing business while creating positive impacts in our communities and more broadly in the world, and I'm eager to lead Interface into its next era of growth and evolution."