Dr. Ilham Kadri

Dr Ilham Kadri Portrait

Dr. Kadri joined the A. O. Smith Board of Directors on December 12, 2016, and is a member of the Audit Committee.  Dr. Kadri is President and Chief Executive Officer of Solvay S.A.

Solvay is an advanced materials and specialty chemicals company, committed to developing chemistry that addresses key societal challenges.

Prior to Solvay, Dr. Kadri was President and Chief Executive Officer of Diversey, Inc.  Diversey is a global leader in cleaning and hygiene solutions for facility hygiene, food safety and infection control, with customers worldwide. She had served as Vice President of Sealed Air Corporation and President of its Diversey Care division prior to Diversey’s spin-off in 2017.

Prior to joining Sealed Air Corporation in 2013, Dr. Kadri was with Dow Chemical Company from January 2007 until December 2012, where she was the General Manager of the Dow Advanced Materials Division, a specialty materials provider in the Middle East and Africa, and the European Commercial Director for Dow Water & Process Solutions, a global leader in sustainable separation and purification technology. Dr. Kadri started her career with Royal Dutch Shell in Belgium and has held positions of increasing financial and global responsibility with public and private companies.

Dr. Kadri is committed to mentoring young women and promoting female leadership. She serves as a board member for numerous organizations, including “The ISSA Hygieia Network™" as Founder and Chairwoman; she is an advisory board member of Catalyst in the USA and an advisory board member of Leading Executives Advancing Diversity (LEAD) in Europe for the Retail sector.

Dr. Kadri is a chemical engineer and has a master’s degree in physics and chemistry. She holds a doctorate in Polymers/ Reactive Extrusion.