Laura Kohler is Chief Sustainability & DEI Officer and has served on Kohler’s Board of Directors since 1999.
She oversees the company’s worldwide integration of environmental sustainability and social impact efforts. In this capacity, she drives Kohler’s progress towards our environmental, social, and governance efforts, including Kohler’s journey to net zero 2035 and the advocacy and innovation around climate change, access to safe water and sanitation, and water conservation. She also leads the company’s advancement and integration of diversity, equity, and inclusion, fostering a culture of innovation and inclusion in all aspects of the Kohler experience.
Laura began working summer jobs at Kohler Co. during high school. Since returning in 1995, she served as Vice President of Communications and then Vice President of Human Resources in 1999. She was promoted to Senior Vice President of Human Resources in 2002 with the addition of Labor Relations and assumed responsibility for Kohler Stewardship in 2015 and Sustainability in 2018, until assuming her most recent appointment in 2023.
Laura serves as the Chair for Kohler’s Trusts for Arts and Education, Preservation, and Clean Water. She is also on the boards of Bank First Corporation, Duke University’s Trinity College of Visitors, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the Kohler Foundation, Inc., the African Wildlife Foundation, the National Housing Endowment, Outward Bound USA, and Chair of Outward Bound Safety Committee.
Laura earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Duke University and her master’s degree in fine arts from Catholic University of America. She resides in Kohler, Wisconsin, with her husband Steve. Together they have three daughters.