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May 18, 2017

A. O. Smith names Kevin Wheeler President, Chief Operating Officer

Milwaukee, Wis.—A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE:AOS) today announced thatKevin J. Wheeler has been named president and chief operating officer.

In his new role, Wheeler will be responsible for A. O. Smith’s global water heaterand boiler operations as well as its global water treatment business. He also will oversee the company’s research function including its Corporate Technology Center in Milwaukee as well as the information technology function. Wheeler will report to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ajita G. Rajendra.

The $2.69 billion company has 20 manufacturing plants and 10 product engineering facilities around the world and employs approximately 15,500 people.

Since 2013, Wheeler has served as senior vice president, president and general manager of North America, India, and Europe water heating, A. O. Smith’s largest operating unit.

“With his extensive experience, in-depth knowledge of our businesses, and passionate interest in customer satisfaction, Kevin Wheeler is the ideal person to take on this challenging new assignment,” Rajendra said in making the announcement. “Under his leadership, our North American water heater business has achieved record sales and profitability.

“Kevin also brings extensive international experience and has been instrumental in growing that part of our business, first as managing director of our European operations, then leading our China business, and subsequently, the entry into the Indian market.”

“I am confident he will continue to be a major contributor as A. O. Smith pursues its strategy of becoming a leading global water technology company.”

Wheeler brings 23 years of company experience to his new position. He joined A. O. Smith in 1994 as a regional sales manager for the former Water Products Company. In 1999, he was named managing director of A. O. Smith Water Products Company B.V., headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. In that role, he was responsible for the company’s water heater business in Europe and the Middle East.

Wheeler returned to the U.S. in 2004 to serve as vice president-international withresponsibility for all European and Asian operations. During this time, the company expanded its business in China and began evaluation of the Indian residential water heater market.

In 2007, he was named senior vice president and general manager of the U.S. retail business for the Water Products Company. In that position, he oversaw all aspects of the U.S. retail business including sales, marketing, manufacturing, product engineering, and customer service.

Wheeler was named senior vice president and general manager of the North America, India, and Europe water heating business in 2011 and became president of that business in 2013.

He has been active in a number of industry associations, most recently serving as an at-large director of the Air-conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).

Wheeler is a graduate of the University of Nevada-Reno and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

About A. O. Smith

A. O. Smith Corporation, with headquarters in Milwaukee, Wis., is a global leader applying innovative technology and energy-efficient solutions to products manufactured and marketed worldwide. The company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment and boilers, as well as a leading manufacturer of water treatment products. For more information, visit www.aosmith.com.

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18/05/2017

 

A. O. Smith’s Parag Kulkarni named one of 100 most trusted CEOs of 2017

Bangalore, India— Mr. Parag Kulkarni, Managing Director of A. O. Smith India Water Products Pvt., Ltd., has been named as one of the 100 Most Trusted CEOs of 2017, in the third edition of WCRC Superfest held recently in New Delhi .

Recipients are chosen based on their performance, ethics, and values along with company performance.  “India’s Most Trusted CEOs 2016-2017 is about the CEOs who have steered their organizations to great heights in the last financial year,” according to WCRC.

Commenting on the achievement Mr. Parag Kulkarni said, “This award is not just about me, it reflects the hard work and dedication of the entire A. O. Smith team.  We continuously seek ways to better serve our water heater and water treatment customers throughout India.”

Mr. Kulkarni, who joined A. O. Smith as managing director in 2015, helped launch the company’s line of reverse osmosis and RO + SCMT residential water purifiers in India.  The premium line of water purifiers is available in eight of the largest cities in India with plans to expand market coverage to 17 cities later this year.  The company also is a leading manufacturer of residential water heaters designed specifically for Indian consumers including electric storage, electric instant, and air-to-heat units.  Numerous A. O. Smith water heaters come with the BEE five-star rating.

 “I believe another important factor that contributes to this recognition is A. O. Smith’s global values, which are embraced by employees throughout the company,” Mr. Kulkarni continued.  “We believe in doing business with uncompromising honesty and integrity, and I know our customers appreciate that commitment.  All of our employees receive extensive training on our guiding principles and doing business the correct way—it is a reason why our company has prospered for 143 years.”

Mr. Kulkarni is a member of the India CEO Forum and is on the CII National Committee of Design. He is also on the jury of Superbrands India.  Earlier this year, he was named one of the 50 Most Impactful Leaders in Water and Water Management.

A. O. Smith entered the Indian water heating market in 2008 and offers an extensive line of residential water heating products designed for Indian consumers.  In 2010, the company opened a 76,000 square feet manufacturing operation in Bangalore and expanded it to 297,000 square feet and began manufacturing water purification products in 2015. 

About A. O. Smith

A. O. Smith is one of the few companies in the world that enjoys a rich legacy of 142 yrs of Integrity, Innovation and Customer Satisfaction. A. O. Smith Corporation, with 2016 sales of U.S. $2.54 billion, is a global leader NYSE listed company applying innovative technology and energy-efficient solutions to products manufactured and marketed worldwide.  The company is the world’s largest manufacturer of residential and commercial water heating equipment and boilers, as well as a manufacturer of water treatment products.  The company is headquartered in Milwaukee, USA and employs more than 13,400 people at plants in the U.S.,

 

Canada, China, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. For more information visit www.aosmithindia.com

 

11/05/2017