Michelle Kilmer has led Kohler Co.’s K&B Americas Showroom Marketing organization since February 2012. As the Director – Marketing, Showrooms and Stores and member of Global Executive Management Team Kilmer has been responsible for significant growth of Kohler’s showrooms network, highlighted by the development of KOHLER Signature Store as well the transition from traditional trade showrooms to retail-centric consumer showrooms.
Kilmer was instrumental in developing the strategy to help reinvent Kohler’s approach to global retail and led the launch of the brand’s first Kohler Experience Center in New York in May 2017. Kohler has since opened seven more experience centers around the world, including London, New Delhi, Los Angeles, Singapore, Bangkok, Taipei, and most recently Sao Paulo. Kilmer began her career with Kohler Co. as Business Development Manager-Kohler Stores in July of 2004 where she opened the first KOHLER Signature Store in Edina, Minnesota. Since then, Kilmer has grown and developed through multiple leadership positions in both the Sales and Marketing organizations.
Prior to joining Kohler Co., Kilmer had a successful retail career holding various roles, most notably leading two other specialty retailers through growth expansions, Fitigues and Restoration Hardware. Kilmer is a graduate of Northern Illinois University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing & Merchandising as well as a member National Association of Women, NKBA and Impact Chicago.
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