Kohler Appoints VP, Global Talent & Diversity from Search by Hanold Associates


CHICAGO (Jan. 27, 2021) ― Kohler, a household name in kitchen and bath products, has appointed Bridget Penney as Vice President, Global Talent & Diversity. Ashley Schiele, Keri Gavin and Katrina Prospero led the search for this role based in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Bridget Penney comes to Kohler from Amazon.com where, during her four-year tenure, she served as Director, Human Resources WW Operations. Reporting directly to Laura Kohler, the Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Stewardship and Sustainability for Kohler, Penney will lead all programs related to Talent, Diversity and Inclusion throughout the organization. Overseeing a total team size of more than 40, she will align with senior teams throughout the organization to define an overarching talent and leadership vision and lead the implementation of global talent programs.

“Bridget is a phenomenal HR executive who brings a wealth of multi-industry HR experience to Kohler,” said Ashley Schiele, Hanold Partner. “She is a strong relationship builder, thoughtful influencer and business-focused leader whom I have had the pleasure of knowing for years. I could not be more excited for her and for Kohler, as she will have a profound and lasting impact on the organization.”

Kohler is a market leader in kitchen and bath products, engines and generators, decorative products and world-class resorts and golf courses. For over 140 years, the company has led the industries it serves in innovation and design. It employs more than 38,000 associates with 48 manufacturing plants, 30 brands and operations in more than 50 countries.

About Hanold Associates

Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search is a retained boutique executive search firm focused on HR and Diversity & Inclusion Officers and Board Directors. Our client list is diverse across industries, geographies and business scenarios, and culture is at the core of everything we do. Our clients include Abercrombie & Fitch, Allstate, American Airlines, Apollo, Big Ten Conference, Biogen, Blackstone, Carnival Corp., ClubCorp, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Domino’s Pizza, eBay, Electronic Arts, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Fiat-Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, Fossil, Gucci, Kellogg, Kohler, L Catterton, Live Nation Entertainment, Major League Baseball, McDonald’s, Moderna, National Football League, The New York Times, Nike, Northwestern University, Patagonia, REI, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, SC Johnson, Tom Brady’s TB12, TPG, Under Armour, Vail Resorts, Wikimedia and Zoom, among others.