A. O. Smith Corporation, the manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment and boilers, as well as a manufacturer of water treatment and air purification products, announces the upcoming retirement of Peter Martineau as chief information officer/senior vice president and the hiring of S. Melissa Scheppele as Martineau’s successor. Martineau, who is retiring in late August, and Scheppele, who is joining A. O. Smith on July 13, will work together in the coming weeks to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. “I want to thank Peter for his many years of service and dedication to A. O. Smith,” said Kevin Wheeler, chairman and chief executive officer of A. O. Smith Corporation. Global information technology “Peter has been a key leader for our Company for over 25 years. He has held progressively responsible roles in finance and customer service before taking on the leadership responsibility for the SAP Implementation. Shortly thereafter, he was named CIO. Under Peter’s leadership, we have successfully implemented SAP and SuccessFactors at all locations in North America. We wish him all the best in his retirement.” “We’re pleased to welcome Melissa Scheppele to the A. O. Smith organization,” continued Wheeler. “She is a strong IT leader with a wealth of experience in establishing global IT strategies and building and directing complex global information technology teams. She is sure to be an asset to our Company, given her extensive background in developing processes and leveraging technology solutions to help advance organizations.” Information technology platforms Scheppele will serve as a member of the Company’s Executive Leadership Team As Chief Information Officer, Scheppele will be responsible for the continued growth and transformation of the Company’s information technology platforms, as well as the creation of the Company’s technology strategies to assist the Company in meeting its goals and objectives. Additionally, Scheppele will serve as a member of the Company’s Executive Leadership Team, which is responsible for shaping the Company’s overall corporate strategy and direction. Previously, Scheppele served as chief information officer and vice president at Triumph Group, a global aerospace and defense business, where she drove the creation of IT shared services to create efficiencies within the organization. Leveraged technology platforms Prior to that, Scheppele served as chief information officer and vice president at Ascend Performance Materials, a global specialty chemical manufacturer, where she led an initiative to upgrade the company’s IT infrastructure and leveraged technology platforms to help advance operations. Scheppele has also held management positions at: CIO By Request, Cooper Industries, Tyson Foods and Nestle USA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in public administration and political science from California State University, Fullerton.
A.O. Smith Corporation announced that executive chairman Ajita Rajendra will be retiring effective May 1, 2020. The Company’s Board of Directors has elected Kevin J. Wheeler as chairman of the Milwaukee-based water technology company effective upon Rajendra’s retirement. Wheeler will continue to serve as president and chief executive officer of the company. Rajendra will remain a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Water technology success “Ajita has been an inspiring and visionary leader since the moment he joined the company in 2005 to run A. O. Smith’s water products division, as well as during his time at the helm of A. O. Smith as chief executive officer and president from 2013 to 2018,” said William Greubel, lead director. “He built a strong team and developed the strategy that has resulted in the Company’s current success in water technology.” “A. O. Smith has flourished under Ajita’s guidance and tenure as chairman and CEO,” Greubel noted. “A. O. Smith went from being a $1.9 billion company when he began as chief executive officer and president to a $3 billion organization, and our earnings per share had a compound annual growth rate of 22.3%. Under his watch, A. O. Smith acquired two water treatment companies in North America and built a stronger presence in China, India, and Vietnam, further building and cementing A. O. Smith’s position as a global leader in water technology.” Shaping the company strategy Rajendra joined A. O. Smith in January 2005 as president of its Water Products Company “The Board has the utmost confidence about the Company’s future with Kevin as our tenth chairman and chief executive officer,” said Greubel. “He and Ajita have worked together 15 years in shaping the company’s strategy. Like Ajita, Kevin has an obsessive focus on caring for our customers and rewarding our shareholders. He is an outstanding businessperson with strong values, strategic vision and excellent leadership skills.” Rajendra joined A. O. Smith in January 2005 as president of its Water Products Company, a manufacturer of residential and commercial water heaters and boilers, and he was named an executive vice president of the corporation in 2006. President and Chief Operating Officer Wheeler joined A. O. Smith in 1994 as a regional sales manager for the former Water Products Company He was promoted to president and chief operating officer in August 2011 and was elected to the company’s Board of Directors in December of that year. Rajendra was named executive chairman of the corporation in September 2018 as he continued to lead the company’s Board of Directors. In addition to the A. O. Smith Board, Rajendra is a member of the Board of Directors of Donaldson Company and the Timken Company. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Lubar School of Business, the Board of Trustees of Alverno College in Milwaukee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. Retail water heater experience Wheeler joined A. O. Smith in 1994 as a regional sales manager for the former Water Products Company. Prior to being named president and chief executive officer, he held numerous senior leadership positions during his two and a half decades with the company. This is including vice president-international with responsibility for all European and Asian water heating operations. In addition, senior vice president and general manager of the U. S. retail water heater business, and senior vice president and general manager of the North America, India, and Europe water heating business. Wheeler is a member of the Business Roundtable, Manufacturers Association of Productivity Improvement (MAPI) division leadership council and the President’s Roundtable. He has served as an at-large director of the Air-conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).
A. O. Smith Corporation celebrated the grand opening of its new Lloyd R. Smith Corporate Technology Center. The 42,700-square-foot research and development lab, located adjacent to the company’s world headquarters in Milwaukee, will serve as the company’s global innovation hub, where teams of engineers will concept, test and finalize core technologies to be used in A. O. Smith products around the globe. “We have a world-class team of extraordinary engineers and problem solvers; and now they have a world-class facility to help them in doing their work,” said Kevin Wheeler, President and Chief Executive Officer, A. O. Smith Corporation. “The Lloyd R. Smith Corporate Technology Center will be our innovation hub of tomorrow, identifying new and emerging technologies, and designing state-of-the-art water technology solutions.” heating and boiler performance The research center features heating and boiler performance test labs as well specialized development labs A. O. Smith’s corporate technology team – the team working in the new facility – focuses on advanced research and development in the area of potable and hydronic water heating, water treatment, and air purification. The new research center features water heating and boiler performance test labs, water treatment labs, an air test lab, as well as a number of specialized development labs. In addition, the new research center has a prototype lab where product prototypes, test fixtures and other equipment will be built. “Here, at the new Lloyd R. Smith Corporate Technology Center, our engineers will be working to not only meet, but exceed, the demands of consumers by generating new and innovative water technologies that heat, clean and conserve water,” said Dr. Robert Heideman, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, A. O. Smith Corporation. proprietary glass-lining “Even more exciting is that the layout of the facility will help in increasing our team’s efficiency and decreasing overall product development time.” The new facility is named after Lloyd Raymond Smith who led the company for three decades in the early 1900’s and was responsible for some of the company’s most far-reaching technological breakthroughs, such as A. O. Smith’s proprietary glass-lining on water heater tanks.