Wis.—A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE: AOS) has named Dr. Ilham Kadri to its
Board of Directors.
Kadri is a senior vice president at Sealed Air
Corporation (NYSE: SEE) and president of the company’s Diversey Care Division. Diversey Care is a global leader in hygiene and health solutions, food
safety and security, and infection prevention.
her 20 years of experience, Dr. Kadri has held a variety of global roles in business
leadership, strategic planning, sales, marketing, product management, mergers
and acquisitions, and R&D, in public and private companies such as
Shell-Basell, UCB-Cytec, Huntsman, and Rohm Haas-Dow.
Kadri joined Sealed Air in January 2013, coming from Dow Chemical, where she held
executive leadership roles in the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions. She is
a chemical engineer and has a master’s degree in physics and chemistry and a
doctorate in reactive extrusion from the University of Strasbourg, France.
leadership, Diversey Care has delivered groundbreaking innovations that deliver
more productivity, less waste, more sustainable and reliable cleaning
operations, to hotels, hospitals, retail stores, restaurants and facility management
Air announced the intention to spin-off its Diversey Care Division into a
separate publicly traded company and Dr. Kadri will become the chief executive officer
of the standalone business.
forward to adding Ilham’s international business perspective, her mergers and
acquisitions experience, and her passion for sustainability and the water
industry to enhance the vast array of expertise on the A. O. Smith board,” Ajita Rajendra, chairman and chief
executive officer of A. O. Smith Corporation, said.
is committed to mentoring young women and promoting female leadership in the
science, engineering and business fields. She is an Advisory Board member
at Catalyst, the leading non-profit organization dedicated to diversity and
inclusion. She is the founder and first
Chairwoman of The ISSA Hygieia™ Network, with the mission to advance women at
the bottom in the hygiene and cleaning sector.
She has been recognized and awarded throughout her career for her commitment
to mentoring young women and fighting female illiteracy.
“Ilham has lived in 13 locations around
the world and brings a world of experience to our board, which is critical
since A. O. Smith continues to expand globally,” Rajendra continued. “Her
experience with developing women professionals will also augment our own
recently launched Women’s Resource Network at A. O. Smith.”