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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Ajita Rajendra

67 2018 Executive Chairman of the Board

Kevin Wheeler

59 2018 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Charles Lauber

56 2019 Chief Financial Officer

James Stern

56 2007 Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Robert Heideman

52 2013 Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Peter Martineau

64 2016 Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Patricia Ackerman

58 2019 Senior Vice President – Investor Relations, Treasurer and Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Mark Petrarca

55 2006 Senior Vice President - Human Resources and Public Affairs

Paul Dana

56 2019 Senior Vice President – Global Operations

Anindadeb DasGupta

52 2018 Senior Vice President, President – A. O. Smith Holdings (Barbados) SRL

Wei Ding

56 2017 Senior Vice President, President – A. O. Smith China

Wallace Goodwin

63 2018 Senior Vice President, President and General Manager – Lochinvar, LLC

D. Samuel Karge

44 2018 Senior Vice President, President – North America Water Treatment

Daniel Kempken

2019 Senior Vice President - Corporate Development and Strategy

David Warren

55 2017 Senior Vice President, President and General Manager North America Water Heater

Helen Gurholt

44 2019 Principal Accounting Officer, Vice President, Controller

William Greubel

67 2019 Presiding Independent Director

Ronald Brown

65 2013 Independent Director

Paul Jones

70 2014 Independent Director

Ilham Kadri

50 2016 Independent Director

Bruce Smith

70 2018 Independent Director

Mark Smith

57 2001 Independent Director

Idelle Wolf

66 2005 Independent Director

Gene Wulf

68 2019 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Ajita Rajendra

Mr. Ajita G. Rajendra serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company. He has been a director of our company since 2011. He is a member of the Investment Policy Committee of the Board. Mr. Rajendra is executive chairman of our company. He previously served as chairman and chief executive officer from 2017 to August 2018, chairman, president and chief executive officer from 2014 to 2017, president and chief executive officer from 2013 to 2014, and president and chief operating officer from 2011 to 2012. Mr. Rajendra joined the company as president of A. O. Smith Water Products Company in 2005 and was named executive vice president of the company in 2006. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Rajendra was senior vice president at Kennametal, Inc., a manufacturer of cutting tools, from 1998 to 2004. Mr. Rajendra also serves on the board of Donaldson Company, Inc., where he is a member of the Audit Committee and Human Resources Committee, and on the board of The Timken Company, where he serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees. Further, Mr. Rajendra was a director of Industrial Distribution Group, Inc. from 2007 until its acquisition by Eiger Holdco, LLC in 2008.

Kevin Wheeler

Mr. Kevin J. Wheeler serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Mr. Wheeler has been a director of our company since 2017. He is a member of the Investment Policy Committee of the Board. Mr. Wheeler was elected president and chief executive officer of our company effective September 1, 2018. From May 2017 to August 2018, he was president and chief operating officer of our company. From 2013 to 2017, Mr. Wheeler held the position of senior vice president of A. O. Smith Corporation and president and general manager of its North America, India, Europe Water Heating and Export business, which is the company’s largest operating unit. Mr. Wheeler previously served as managing director of our company’s European operations, where he had responsibility for water heater business in Europe and the Middle East, and upon his return to the United States from the Netherlands, served as Vice President-International, with responsibility for all European and Asian operations, including China. Mr. Wheeler joined the company in 1993 as a regional sales manager and has held positions of increasing responsibility.

Charles Lauber

Mr. Charles T. Lauber serves as Chief Financial Officer of A. O. Smith Corporation., effective May 1, 2019. He currently serves as Senior Vice President - Strategy and Corporate Development of the Company. He served as Senior Vice President – Group Chief Financial Officer – A. O. Smith Water Products Company from 2011 to 2012; Senior Vice President – Chief Financial Officer – A. O. Smith Water Products Company from 2006 to 2011; Vice President – Global Finance – A. O. Smith Electrical Products Company from 2004 to 2006; Vice President and Controller – A. O. Smith Electrical Products Company from 2001 to 2004 and Director of Audit and Tax from 1999 to 2001.

James Stern

Mr. James F. Stern serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of A. O. Smith Corporation. Mr. Stern was Partner - Foley & Lardner LLP, 1997 to 2006.

Robert Heideman

Mr. Robert J. Heideman serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer of A. O. Smith Corporation. He was Senior Vice President - Corporate Technology from 2010 to 2011, Vice President - Corporate Technology from 2007 to 2010, Director - Materials from 2005 to 2007 and Section Manager from 2002 to 2005. He has also been Engineering Supervisor - Kohler Company in 2001.

Peter Martineau

Mr. Peter R. Martineau serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer of the Company. He was Vice President – Business Transformation 2013 to 2015; Vice President – Customer Satisfaction 2010 to 2012

Patricia Ackerman

Ms. Patricia K. Ackerman serves as Senior Vice President – Investor Relations, Treasurer and Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability of the Company. Previously, she was Vice President – Investor Relations & Treasurer from 2008 to 2018, Vice President and Treasurer from 2006 to 2008.

Mark Petrarca

Mr. Mark A. Petrarca is Senior Vice President - Human Resources and Public Affairs of A. O. Smith Corporation. He was the Vice President - Human Resources and Public Affairs from 2005 to 2006, Vice President of Human Resources of A. O. Smith Water Products Company 1999 to 2004.

Paul Dana

Mr. Paul R. Dana serves as Senior Vice President – Global Operations of the Company. He was Senior Vice President – Global Manufacturing of the Company. He was Vice President – Global Manufacturing, President – APCOM, a Division of State Industries, Inc., a subsidiary of the Company 2011 to Present of A. O. Smith Corporation. He was Vice President – Product Engineering 2006 to 2010, Plant Manager – Productos de Agua, S. de R.L. de C.V. 1998 to 2005.

Anindadeb DasGupta

Mr. Anindadeb Vjaykumar DasGupta serves as Senior Vice President, President – A. O. Smith Holdings (Barbados) SRL of the Company. He joined A. O. Smith as senior vice president-international in June 2018. In this role, he has profit and loss responsibility for the company’s water heating and water treatment businesses in Europe, India, Turkey, Vietnam, and Hong Kong SAR. In addition, he oversees export sales in the Asia-Pacific region and is responsible for business development and acquisition activities throughout Asia. Aninda also serves as chairman and president of A. O. Smith Holdings (Barbados) SRL, located in Hong Kong SAR. Aninda joined A. O. Smith after working the last six years at OSRAM GmbH, one of the world’s largest lighting companies. Since 2014, he had served as vice president in several roles including head of strategic marketing, head of e-commerce, and general manager of the flex and signage business lines for the LED Lamps and Digital Systems business units. From 2012 to 2014, he served as vice president and head of sales and marketing in the Asia Pacific region for OSRAM’s General Lighting business units. He has also held general management and sales/marketing leadership positions at: DMC Worldwide, a maker of leading brands of consumer electronics and social content services that was headquartered in New York; IndoSino Group, a provider of marketing, sales, and sourcing services operating out of Hong Kong SAR; Harvard International Plc, headquartered in Hong Kong SAR, a manufacturer of a wide range of consumer products; Flextronics , a leading global contract manufacturing and engineering services provider; and Royal Philips N.V. Aninda earned a Bachelor’s Degree in electronics engineering from MS University of Baroda, India. He also earned master’s degrees in computer and systems engineering as well as in business administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., and Kellogg-HKUST, Northwestern University, Ill., and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Wei Ding

Mr. Wei Ding serves as Senior Vice President, President – A. O. Smith China of the Company. He was Senior Vice President; President and General Manager – A. O. Smith (China) Water Heater Co., Ltd., of A. O. Smith Corporation. He served as Senior Vice President – A. O. Smith Water Products Company since 2011 to 2012; Vice President – China – A. O. Smith Water Products Company from 2006 to 2011.

Wallace Goodwin

Mr. Wallace E. Goodwin serves as Senior Vice President, President and General Manager – Lochinvar, LLC of the Company. He was named Senior Vice President of A. O. Smith Corporation and President and General Manager of Lochinvar, LLC in April 2018. He joined Lochinvar as President and Chief Operating Officer in October 2011. In this role, he is responsible for all functions of the Lebanon, TN-based business, as well as business and strategic planning. He shares profit and loss responsibility with Lochinvar Chief Executive Officer Bill Vallett and is a member of the A. O. Smith senior leadership team. Prior to joining Lochinvar, Eddie served as President of A. O. Smith’s APCOM, Inc., subsidiary. APCOM manufactures components for residential and commercial water heaters including thermostats, heating elements, dip tubes, and fittings; Eddie had total profit and loss responsibility for the company. He joined APCOM in 1981 and held positions in logistics, customer service, and sales before being named President.

D. Samuel Karge

Mr. D. Samuel Karge is Senior Vice President, President – North America Water Treatment of the Company. He was President - North Americawater Treatment Business Unit of the Company. Karge joins A. O. Smith after serving as vice president-sales and marketing for Zurn Industries ofMilwaukee, part of the Rexnord Water Management Platform. While at Zurn, he led a number of strategic initiatives including a revamp of the company's marketing function, the development of a National Owners Accounts team focused on large, national customers, and the launch of critical new products in the commercial channel. From 2008 until 2016, Karge worked at Pentair Residential Filtration ofMilwaukee, holding positions in platform management and marketing management. As vice president and platform leader of the Residential Filtration Platform, he was responsible for the business unit's engineering, finance, global sales, marketing, product management and quality functions. Prior to that, he held the positions of vice president-global marketing and director of global marketing and product management. He has also held positions in global marketing and sales, product management, and new product development at GE Water and Process Technologies prior to its entering into a joint venture with Pentair in 2008. He began his career as a marketing manager with Osmonics, Inc., of Milwaukee. GE acquired Osmonics in 2001. Karge is a 1997 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor of science degree in communications and advertising with an emphasis in engineering.

Daniel Kempken

Mr. Daniel L. Kempken is Senior Vice President - Corporate Development and Strategy of the Company. He joined A. O. Smith in June 2011. He is responsible for the accounting, financial planning, internal audit, and risk management functions. Most recently, Dan was a senior manager with Ernst & Young LLP’s Milwaukee office. He served a number of Wisconsin-based companies, handling audit, quarterly review, and control testing activities. During this time, he assisted several of his clients with domestic and international acquisition accounting. Dan also held the positions of senior manager with Ernst & Young’s Chicago office and manager in the Frankfurt, Germany, office. He joined Ernst & Young in 1995. From 2003 until 2006, he was a partner with Kempken Real Estate, a family business focused on residential real estate and condominium development. Dan earned a bachelor’s of business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995 and is a certified public accountant.

David Warren

Mr. David R. Warren serves as Senior Vice President, President and General Manager North America Water Heater of the Company. Warren has served as vice president of the India, Europe, and export businesses, overseeing the company's international water heater operations in Europe, and water heater and water treatment operations in Turkey and India. He also was responsible for the company's export water heater activities. Warren joinedA. O. Smithin 1989 as a wholesale sales coordinator and was promoted to district manager of the South Texas District. In 1999, he was named a regional sales manager for the South Central Region. In 2002, he became director of Reliance retail water heater sales. In 2004, Warren was named managing director of the company's Veldhoven operation with responsibility for the European and Middle Eastern markets and export water heater sales. Warren is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in sales and marketing and has taken courses in international business from Franklin University-Switzerland in Lugano, Switzerland.

Helen Gurholt

Mr. Helen E. Gurholt is appointed as Principal Accounting Officer, Vice President, Controller of the company effective May 1, 2019. He joined the Company in 2002 as an Accounting Supervisor and became Director of Accounting in 2013.

William Greubel

Mr. William P. Greubel serves as Presiding Independent Director of A. O. Smith Corporation. Mr. Greubel has been a director of our company since 2006. He is the chairperson of the Nominating and Governance Committee and a member of the Personnel and Compensation Committee of the Board. Mr. Greubel was the chief executive officer of Wabash National from 2002 to 2007 and held various director positions with Wabash National, including chairman and executive director, until his retirement as a director in 2009. Wabash National is one of the leading manufacturers of semi-truck trailers in North America, specializing in the design and production of dry freight vans, refrigerated vans, flatbed trailers, drop deck trailers, dry and wet trailers and intermodal equipment. Mr. Greubel previously was chief executive officer of Accuride Corporation from 1998 until 2002 and president from 1994 until 1998. Mr. Greubel served as a director of Wabash National from 2002 to 2009 and of privately held Utilimaster Corp. from 2002 to 2009.

Ronald Brown

Mr. Ronald D. Brown is an Independent Director of A. O. Smith Corporation. Mr. Brown served as interim chief executive officer of LSI Industries Inc. from April 23, 2018 to October 31, 2018, and was elected to its board of directors on November 6, 2018. LSI Industries Inc. is a U.S.-based designer, manufacturer and marketer of lighting, graphics and technology solutions for indoor and outdoor applications. Previously, Mr. Brown served from March 2017 to April 2018 as vice chairman of the Armor Group, Inc. which he joined in 2013 as chief operating officer. The Armor Group, Inc. is a certified woman-owned corporation that manufactures equipment and products and provides related services to a variety of industrial markets, including beverage and food service, medical, power generation, automobile and military. From 2009 until 2014, Mr. Brown was managing director of Taft Business Consulting, LLC, a consulting group affiliated with the law firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, which provides advisory services on a range of business issues. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Brown served as chief financial officer of Makino, Inc., a privately held global metalworking technologies company. Prior to that, Mr. Brown was chairman and chief executive officer of Milacron Inc. from 2001 to 2008 and president and chief operating officer of Milacron Inc. from 1999 through 2001. He joined Milacron Inc. in 1980. Milacron is a supplier of plastic processing and metalworking fluid technologies. In addition to serving on the board of LSI Industries, Inc. where he is on the Executive and Compensation Committees, Mr. Brown joined the board of Master Chemical Corporation, d/b/a Master Fluid Solutions in May 2018, where he chairs the Compensation Committee. He is also an independent trustee of the James Advantage Funds where he serves on its Audit Committee, and a director of Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc.

Paul Jones

Mr. Paul W. Jones serves as Independent Director of A. O. Smith Corporation. Mr. Jones, 70, has been a director of our company since 2004. He is a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee and the Personnel and Compensation Committee of the Board. He was executive chairman of the board of our company from 2013 until his retirement in 2014. Mr. Jones served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of our company from 2011 to 2012; chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer from 2006 to 2011; and president and chief operating officer from 2004 to 2005. Prior to joining A. O. Smith, he was chairman and chief executive officer of U.S. Can Company, Inc. from 1998 to 2002. He previously was president and chief executive officer of Greenfield Industries, Inc. from 1993 to 1998 and president from 1989 to 1992. Mr. Jones has served as a director of Rexnord Corporation since 2014, where he is a member of the Compensation Committee, chairs the Executive Committee and was elected nonexecutive chairman in 2015. Mr. Jones served as a director of Federal Signal Corporation from 1998 until his resignation in May 2018, where he chaired the Nominating and Governance Committee and was a member of the Compensation and Benefits Committee. He also served as a director of Integrys Energy Group, Inc., where he chaired the Financial Committee and was a member of the Audit Committee from 2011 until its merger into Wisconsin Energy Corporation in 2015 and continued as a director and Audit Committee member of the newly formed entity, WEC Energy Group, Inc. until his resignation in 2017. He also was a director of Bucyrus International, Inc. from 2006 until its acquisition by Caterpillar, Inc. in 2011 and chaired its Compensation Committee. In addition, he was the co-founder of The Water Council, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that is dedicated to the development of the global water industry.

Ilham Kadri

Dr. Ilham Kadri is an Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Kadri has been a director of our company since 2016. She is a member of the Audit Committee of the Board. Dr. Kadri joined Solvay S.A. effective January 1, 2019, and will assume the position of chairman of the executive committee, member of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Solvay S.A. effective March 1, 2019. Solvay is an advanced materials and specialty chemical company headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, with operations in more than 60 countries. Dr. Kadri was president and chief executive officer of Diversey, Inc. from 2017 to 2018. Diversey, Inc. is a leading provider of cleaning and hygiene products to the hospitality, healthcare, food and beverage, food service, retail and facility management sectors, with customers worldwide. Diversey, Inc. was spun off from Sealed Air Corporation in 2017, where Dr. Kadri was vice president and president of the Diversey Care division from 2013 to 2017. Prior to joining Sealed Air Corporation, Dr. Kadri was with Dow Chemical Company from 2007 until 2012, where she was the general manager of the Dow Advanced Materials Division, a specialty materials provider in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, and the commercial director for Dow Water & Process Solutions, a global leader in sustainable separation and purification technology, following its acquisition of Rohm and Haas, where she served as a marketing director for the construction, coatings and industrial division. Dr. Kadri started her career with Royal Dutch Shell PLC in the Netherlands and has held positions of increasing financial and global responsibility with public and private companies.

Bruce Smith

Mr. Bruce M. Smith is re-designated as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Smith has been a director of our company since 1995. He is the chairperson of the Investment Policy Committee and a member of the Personnel and Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board. He was elected president of Smith Investment Company Inc. (“SICO”) in 1993 and served as chairman and chief executive officer of SICO from 1999 until its merger with our company in 2009. Shares of our Class A Common Stock and Common Stock were SICO’s principal asset and represented a controlling position in our company until the merger. Mr. Smith was a director of SICO from 1983 to 1988 and from 1991 to 2009. From 2009 until his retirement in 2012, Mr. Smith also was chief executive officer of Smith Investment Company LLC, an entity that held all of the assets and liabilities of SICO (other than our Class A Common Stock and Common Stock owned by SICO until the merger). From 2009 to 2016, Mr. Smith was chairman of the board of managers of Smith Investment Company LLC. He was also chief executive officer of Berlin Industries LLC, which was engaged in multicolor printing and related services, from 1996 until its sale in 2011. Further, Mr. Smith is one of three trustees of the Smith Family Voting Trust, which holds a controlling position in the stock of our company. Mr. Smith is a first cousin of Mark D. Smith, also a director of our company and also a trustee of the Smith Family Voting Trust.

Mark Smith

Mr. Mark D. Smith serves as Independent Director of A. O. Smith Corporation. Mr. Smith has been a director of our company since 2001. He is a member of the Audit Committee of the Board. He has served as a product business manager for Strattec Security Corporation since 1997. Strattec Security Corporation designs, develops, manufactures and markets automotive access control products including mechanical locks and keys, electronically enhanced locks and keys, steering column and instrument panel ignition lock housings, latches, and related access control products for major automotive manufacturers. In 2019, Mr. Smith was appointed one of three trustees of the Smith Family Voting Trust, which holds a controlling position in the stock of our company. Mr. Smith is a first cousin of Bruce M. Smith, also a director of our company and is also a trustee of the Smith Family Voting Trust.

Idelle Wolf

Ms. Idelle K. Wolf is an Independent Director of A. O. Smith Corporation. Ms. Wolf has been a director of our company since 2005. She is a member of the Audit Committee of the Board. Ms. Wolf was president of Barnes Distribution from 2006 to 2007 and vice president of Barnes Group Inc. from 2000 to 2007. She previously was president of Barnes Distribution North America from 2004 through 2005. She joined Barnes Group Inc. as vice president and as chief operating officer of Barnes Distribution in 2000. Barnes Distribution is a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, operating and production supplies with distribution centers in North America, Europe and Asia.

Gene Wulf

Mr. Gene C. Wulf serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Wulf, 68, has served as a director of our company since 2003. He is the chairperson of the Audit Committee of the Board. Until his retirement in 2011, Mr. Wulf served as executive vice president of Bemis Company, Inc., where he was responsible for integration of acquisitions, as well as global corporate strategy and information technology. He previously was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Bemis Company, Inc. from 2005 to 2010; was vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Bemis Company, Inc., from 2002 through 2005; and was vice president and controller from 1998 to 2002. He also served as a director of Bemis Company, Inc. from 2006 until his retirement in 2011. Bemis Company, Inc. is one of the largest flexible packaging companies in the Americas.