Leadership


Meet A. O. Smith's senior leadership team with many years of experience in the global water industry. Each of our leaders is committed to taking care of our customers and living the A. O. Smith values.


Kevin J. Wheeler     Kevin J. Wheeler
Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer 

Stephen M. Shafer     Stephen M. Shafer
President and
Chief Operating Officer 

Charles T. Lauber     Charles T. Lauber
Executive Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer
James F. Stern     James F. Stern
Executive Vice President,
General Counsel and Secretary
Samuel M. Carver
    Samuel M. Carver 
Senior Vice President
- Global Operations
Robert J. Heideman, PhD     Robert J. Heideman, PhD
Senior Vice President
- Chief Technology Officer
D. Samuel Karge
    D. Samuel Karge
Senior Vice President 
President
- North America Water Treatment 
Parag Kulkarni
    Parag Kulkarni
Senior Vice President
- International
President
- A. O. Smith India
Water Products Private Limited

Stephen D OBrien    

Stephen D. O'Brien
Senior Vice President
President and General Manager
- North America Water Heating

Mark A. Petrarca     Mark A. Petrarca
Senior Vice President
- Human Resources and Public Affairs 
Jack Qiu, PhD    

Jack Qiu, PhD
Senior Vice President
President
- A. O. Smith China

S. Melissa Scheppele     S. Melissa Scheppele
Senior Vice President
- Chief Information Officer
Darrell W. Schuh     Darrell W. Schuh
Senior Vice President
President
- Lochinvar, LLC
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    Joshua C. Greene

Vice President
- Government, Regulatory and Industry Affairs 

Helen E. Gurholt    

Helen E. Gurholt
Vice President
- Investor Relations and Financial Planning and Analysis

Paul J. Jones
    Paul J. Jones

Vice President
- Corporate Development and Strategy  

Benjamin Otchere
    Benjamin A. Otchere

Vice President 
and Controller