Kohler Co. has announced Brian Melka’s appointment as Group President Power. Melka will be reporting to David Kohler, President & CEO. Prior to this appointment, Brian served as President, Engines since February 2019.
As Group President, Brian provides full-scope strategic and operational leadership and is responsible for accelerating growth and profitability of the global power group businesses, including Power Systems, Kohler Engines, Clarke Energy and Kohler Uninterruptible Power.
Brian joined Kohler Co. in 2013 as Vice President of Kohler Engines Americas, where he delivered consistent results and the best run of profitable growth in the history of the engines business. In his most recent role as President Engines, Brian oversaw leadership of the global engines business, which includes Engines Americas, Engines China and Engines EMEA, and executed strategic plans for both the gasoline and diesel markets.
Melka has also held senior leadership roles with Rexnord, Inc. and Textron, Inc., including as Vice President of Global Mining and Product Management, Director of Product Management and Service, and Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in finance, earned an MBA from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, and holds International Business Certification from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is also a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Change Management coach.