Kohler Power Names Brian Melka Group President

Melka will provide strategic and operational leadership for the global Power Group businesses.

Brian Melka

Kohler Co. announces that Brian Melka has been named Group President – Power. He reports to David Kohler, President & CEO. Prior to this appointment, Melka served as President – Engines since February 2019. 

As Group President, Melka provides full-scope strategic and operational leadership and is responsible for accelerating growth and profitability of the global Power Group businesses: Power Systems, Kohler Engines, Clarke Energy and Kohler Uninterruptible Power. 

Melka joined Kohler Co. in 2013 as Vice President – 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, Melka 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. He brings a passion for winning and building high performing teams. 

Prior to Kohler, he held senior leadership roles with Rexnord, Inc. and Textron, Inc. including, Vice President – 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, Melka holds a bachelor’s degree in finance, earned an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and holds an International Business Certification from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is also a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Change Management coach.