Michael Marchi

Former CEO of Several Multi-Billion Dollar Companies



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At a Glance

  • Michael is a family business expert, having helmed multiple second- and third-generation business.
  • He offers his clients a wealth of knowledge about manufacturing and distribution, as well as the building materials and appliance industries.
  • His strong experience in sales, marketing, supply chain operations, and e-commerce have helped him lead both retail and wholesale operations.
  • He has served on boards for both for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Michael Marchi is a senior business executive with a history of improving financial and operational performance resulting in increased shareholder value. Michael’s experience includes leadership roles in public, private equity, and family-owned privately-held global corporations including General Electric, Citibank, Kohler, American Standard, Grohe, Lixil, and SK Capital.

He has served in both fiduciary and advisory board roles in both for-profit and not-for-profit corporations including Uponor, Interceramic Corporation, Jennifer Adams Worldwide, and Portland Providence Medical Center. Michael has broad-based industry knowledge in manufacturing, plumbing and hardware, retail and wholesale distribution, licensing, and banking.

Business Highlights:

  • Michael has strong functional expertise in sales, marketing, supply chain/operations, and digital/e-commerce. He has a history of providing strategic and operational leadership to successfully spearhead rapid growth, lead turnarounds, and integrate B2B & B2C operations for multiple companies. He has managed large corporate organizations, midsized private equity-backed businesses, and small entrepreneurial companies.
  • Michael then became an executive with Kohler Company for fourteen years. Kohler is a $6B privately-held family-owned manufacturing company where he was ultimately promoted to President – Kohler Kitchen and Bath Americas and led the largest most profitable business in the Kohler portfolio from 2007 to 2011 generating sales of over $1.6B. Michael worked with his team to gain nearly 600 basis points of market share during the economic recession of 2008 to 2010.
  • Michael was recruited to Grohe as President and CEO of Grohe Americas located in NYC. Michael was responsible for strategic direction, driving profitable growth, and expanding the Americas business portfolio.
  • In March 2015, he assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer for American Standard/Lixil. He has grown top-line double digits, improved GM by 640 basis points, and increased EBIT 252% over the prior year.
  • In 2017, Michael was recruited to be CEO of Aristech Surfaces. Aristech is a manufacturer of acrylic sheets and solid surface materials for the commercial market. Aristech is a $125M family office-owned business of SK Capital in NYC. Michael grew the Aristech business double digits in both top and bottom line during the 2017 fiscal year improving sales & EBITDA.

Michael grew up in the Chicago suburbs; he was one of four children. He holds an MBA in Finance from DePaul University and a B.S. in Economics & Marketing from Elmhurst College. He is a graduate of the General Manager Program at the Harvard Business School and a graduate of the GE Managerial Development Program at GE Crotonville.

He currently lives in the Phoenix, AZ area with Linda, his wife of 40 years.

Featured Podcast:

Listen to Michael Marchi’s podcast episode – Smart CEOs Invest in Branding