A. O. Smith names Schmonsky vice president-human resources


Shawn Schmonsky PortraitMilwaukee, Wis.—A. O. Smith Corporation has named Shawn C. Schmonsky as vice president-human resources for its water heaters businesses in North America, India, and Europe.

Schmonsky will be responsible for domestic and international human resources, including strategy development/deployment, talent management, workforce planning, total compensation, employee/labor relations, performance management, and organizational development. 

This business unit, with headquarters in Ashland City, Tenn., has operations in eight locations in the U.S., two in both Canada and Europe, one each in Mexico, Turkey, and India.  In addition, he will be a member of A. O. Smith Corporation’s Human Resources Leadership Team.

Schmonsky replaces Jane Sanford, who retired March 1 after spending nearly 13 years with A. O. Smith.  She had been vice president-global human resources of the North America, India, and Europe operations since 2007. She also held the roles of director-corporate human resources and vice president-corporate human resources and organizational development.

Schmonsky joined A. O. Smith in 2006 as human resources manager of the company’s Ashland City plant. Since 2012, he has served as director-human resources, responsible for North American manufacturing operations and product engineering.

Prior to joining A. O. Smith, Schmonsky worked from 2004 until 2006 as a senior human resources representative at Target in Tifton, Ga. He also has held the positions of human resources manager at Avery Dennison in Niles, Ill., and Fort Wayne, Ind., and human resources specialist for Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown, Ky.

Schmonsky earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green and a master’s degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion.