August 9, 2011

Interface Visionary and Founder Ray Anderson Dies at 77

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: “Interface and the world have lost a great man today,” said Dan Hendrix, President and Chief Executive Officer of


, announcing that Ray C. Anderson lost a 20-month battle with cancer today. Surrounded by his family, Ray died at his home in Atlanta. Dan went on to say, “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 honor Ray by keeping his vision alive and the Company on course.” Ray’s story is now legend: the 1994 “spear in the chest” epiphany he experienced when he first read Paul Hawken’s The Ecology of Commerce, seeking inspiration for a speech to an Interface task force on the company’s environmental vision. Seventeen years and a sea change later, Ray estimated that Interface is more than half-way towards the vision of “Mission Zero,” the journey no one would have imagined for the company, or for the petroleum-intensive industry of carpet manufacturing, which has been forever changed by his vision. To continue reading the article, visit


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