Robert Koch is President and Chief Executive Officer of Koch Enterprises, a privately held company that was established in 1873 by Mr. Koch’s great-grandfather.
Mr. Koch joined the company in 1962. In 1980 he was named President of George Koch Sons, Inc., now Koch Enterprises, Inc., and in 1989 he became the Chief Executive Officer. Since he became President in 1980, the company’s annual sales have increased from $75 million to over $860 million in 2007. Koch Enterprises, Inc. is listed as the 12th largest privately held company in Indiana by the Indiana Business Magazine, and one of the top 500 privately held companies in the U.S. by Forbes Magazine.
During his 46 years with the company, he has led the firm into new businesses and expanded into international markets. The Koch Enterprises companies are world leaders in the production of aluminum and magnesium die castings, sealants and adhesives, the design and construction of industrial paint finishing systems, the distribution of heating and air conditioning equipment, the distribution and repair of components for heavy-duty, off-road vehicles and aluminum recycling. Combined there are over 3,100 team members with major operations in U.S., England, Brazil, Hungary, South Korea and China.
Mr. Koch serves as Director for two publicly traded companies: Fifth Third Bancorp in Cincinnati, and Vectren Corporation in Evansville. He also serves as a Director of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.
Mr. Koch is committed to improving the education in Indiana. He is a founding member and President of Signature School in Evansville, the first charter high school in Indiana. He serves on the board and is Past-Chairman of the University of Evansville’s Board of Trustees and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the boards of Independent Colleges of Indiana and Southern Indiana Higher Education, Inc. He is a Past-Chairman of the Catholic Education Foundation and Indiana Business Higher Education Forum.
His leadership roles in civic organizations include Chairman of the 1998 United Way Campaign of Southwestern Indiana, Co-Founder and Director of the Community Alliance Foundation and the Vanderburgh Community Foundation for Southwestern Indiana. He is Past-Chairman of the Catholic Foundation of Southwestern Indiana. Mr. Koch has also served on the boards of Evansville’s Museum of Arts and Science, Red Cross, Junior Achievement, WNIN Southwestern Indiana Public Broadcasting, and the YMCA.
Mr. Koch is a registered professional engineer and an inventor with seven U.S. patents. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1960. He received a masters in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1962. He has Honorary Doctorates from Vincennes University and Ivy Tech State College. He was inducted into the Indiana Academy in 1996 and later served as President of the Board of Regents of the Academy. He has been recognized as a Sagamore of the Wabash, and in 1998 was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in manufacturing for Indiana. In 2002, he was chosen as the Indiana Business Leader of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and in 2006 was inducted into the Evansville Business Hall of Fame.