Herb Kohler Jr. has died

chairman of Kohler Co. & business legend

At the age of 83, Herbert Kohler, Jr., the executive chairman of Kohler Co., passed away in Kohler, Wisconsin, on September 3, 2022.

He built his prominent Kohler Co. over decades specializing in luxury plumbing products, hotels, & golf courses, which drew international attention & tournaments to Wisconsin.

Kohler served as CEO of Kohler Company for 43 years before handing over the reins to his son, David Kohler, in 2015. Since then, he has served as the company's executive chairman.

During his tenure as CEO, Kohler grew the company from a $133 million operation in 1972 to one with annual revenue approaching $6 billion in 2015.

Many people admired him as an accomplished, dynamic leader; an independent-minded entrepreneur; and a courageous innovator.

He was a big personality who was steadfast in guiding Kohler associates in the relentless pursuit of the company mission, and he got a lot of joy from seeing his customers' delight firsthand.

Herb Kohler never forced his three children to work in the family business, preferring to encourage them to pursue their own interests.

The fact that all three paths eventually led Laura, Rachel, and David to Kohler Company demonstrates their father's consistent influence and example.

David is President and CEO of Kohler Co., and Laura is Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Stewardship, and Sustainability.

Rachel was previously the Group President of Kohler Interiors and now serves on the company's Board of Directors as an entrepreneur in her own right.

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