Herb Kohler has been Executive Chairman since 2015 after having served as Chairman and Chief Executive of Kohler Co. since 1972. While diverse in its products and services, the Company focuses on living environments; in the kitchen and bath with its plumbing products, tile and mirrored cabinetry; around the home with its engines and power systems; throughout the home with its premier furniture; and at two world-class golf destinations that act as showrooms in Kohler, Wisconsin, and St Andrews, Scotland. The Company hosted the 2015 British Open and the PGA Championships in 2004 and 2010 and will host the 2020 Ryder Cup. It is committed to private ownership and has grown book value over the last 40 years by an average of 10.2 percent per year.
Mr. Kohler chaired the Board of Trustees of Choate Rosemary Hall and built the Kohler Environmental Center there on 260 acres; the first teaching, research and residential environmental center in U.S. secondary education.
He has been a director of the National Association of Manufacturers and a Trustee of Outward Bound, Lawrence University, the Kennedy Center and the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art. He was elected to the National Kitchen & Bath Industry Hall of Fame, the National Housing Hall of Fame and the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame. In 2002 he was named the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year in Manufacturing.