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Kohler Power Brian Melka

Kohler Co. Names Brian Melka Group President, Kohler Power Group

June 12, 2020
Kohler Co. has named Brian Melka group president – power, reporting to David Kohler, president and CEO.

Kohler Co. has named Brian Melka group president – power. He reports to David Kohler, president and 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, the company said.

Prior to Kohler, Melka 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, Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in finance, earned an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and holds International Business Certification from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is also a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and change management coach.

The Kohler Co. Power Group consists of Kohler Power Systems, Kohler Engines, Clarke Energy and Kohler Uninterruptible Power.

Kohler Power Systems manufactures complete power systems, including generators (portable, marine, residential, commercial and industrial), automatic transfer switches, switchgear, monitoring controls, and accessories for emergency, prime power and energy-management applications all around the world.

Kohler Engines offers a full array of diesel, gasoline and gaseous-fueled engines – up to 140 hp. – which are supplied to equipment manufacturers worldwide in the construction, agricultural, industrial and lawn and garden markets.

Clarke Energy specializing in the engineering, installation and maintenance of distributed power generation solutions. Clarke Energy provides distributed power plant solutions with market leading engineering, installation and maintenance support. 

Kohler Uninterruptible Power offers power protection products and related equipment, including UPS, battery banks, switchgear, power conditioning equipment, and more.