2016 – Jeffrey S. LorberbaumLeonardo International Prize Winners
Jeffrey S. Lorberbaum – President and CEO Mohawk Industries, Inc
W. Christopher Wellborn (picture) President Global Ceramic and Chief Operating Officer Mohawk Industries, Inc, received the Prize in the name of Jeffrey Lorberbaum
Jeffrey S. Lorberbaum, a native of Dalton, Georgia, completed his education at the University of Denver in 1976. After graduation, he began his professional career with Aladdin Mills, a successful rug and carpet manufacturer his parents founded in 1957. Over the next two decades, he tackled numerous leadership responsibilities at Aladdin and was serving as Vice President of Operations at the time of Aladdin’s 1994 merger with Mohawk Industries. Following that merger, Mr. Lorberbaum was named President of Aladdin and began his tenure on Mohawk’s board of directors. In 1995, Mr. Lorberbaum was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Mohawk Industries. In 2001, he became Mohawk’s President and Chief Executive Officer; and, in 2004, he assumed chairmanship of Mohawk’s Board of Directors. (In November 2009, W. Christopher Wellborn assumed the duties of President of Mohawk Industries; Mr. Lorberbaum retains his roles as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.) With Mr. Lorberbaum at its helm, Mohawk has successfully completed almost thirty significant acquisitions as the Company evolved from a niche North American manufacturer of carpet and rugs to the world’s largest total floor covering provider. Today, Mohawk operates facilities in more than a dozen countries and sells products in more than 140 countries around the globe. The Company offers an industry-leading array of products including carpet, rugs, carpet cushion, ceramic tile, stone, laminate, hard wood and luxury vinyl tile. Mohawk is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “MHK.” Mr. Lorberbaum is a past chair of the Carpet and Rug Institute and has served on the board of directors of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. The Lorberbaum family’s support of education extends from non-profit day care centers serving at risk families to college and graduate school programs.