President and chief executive officer
With 26 years of experience with the company, David Kohler became President and Chief Executive Officer of Kohler Co. in June 2015, after serving as President and Chief Operating Officer since 2009. He is the fourth generation of the Kohler family to lead the company since its inception in 1873.
David Kohler started at Kohler Co. working in every manufacturing division on the front lines. He rejoined Kohler as Director – Fixtures Marketing in 1993 after working at Dayton Hudson Corporation. Since then, he has served in progressive roles including Vice President Sales, Sector President – K&B Americas, Group President – K&B Group, Executive Vice President, and, since 2009, President and COO of Kohler Co.
David currently serves on the Board of Directors of the following four organizations: Kohler Co., Interface Inc., Interceramic and the Green Bay Packers. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Duke University and his master’s degree in management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. David is also a graduate of the Voyageur Outward Bound School in Ely, Minnesota and is a past Chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization, Intercontinental Chapter. David and his wife Nina have four children and live in Kohler, Wisconsin.
Of golf note, David served as the General Chairman for the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, the sixth major championship hosted by Kohler Co. David will also serve as General Chair for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.