Brian Melka was appointed Group President – Energy in May 2020. He provides full-scope strategic and operational leadership and is responsible for accelerating growth and profitability of the global Energy Group businesses: Power Systems, Kohler Engines, Home Energy, Clarke Energy, Kohler Uninterruptible Power, Curtis Instruments and Heila Technologies.
Brian joined Kohler Co. in 2013 as Vice President – Kohler Engines Americas, where he delivered consistent results and one of the best runs 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.
Prior to Kohler, he was Vice President – Global Mining and Product Management for Rexnord Inc., where he drove commercial growth for a $275 million global mining business and led the creation of a comprehensive new product development plan for all process and motion control businesses.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and earned an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is also a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Change Management coach and has completed the Kohler Leadership Forum.