A. O. Smith board members honored as WomenInc.’s 2018 Most Influential Corporate Directors


WomenInc MagazineMilwaukee, Wis. — Two members of A. O. Smith’s board of directors — Ilham Kadri and Idelle K. Wolf — have been named to WomenInc.’s 2018 Most Influential Corporate Directors list. WomenInc. is a magazine and media platform for professional women that covers women’s accomplishments in business and drives positive dialogue on and about women. The list recognizes the many women who are executives, achievers and leaders contributing their leadership and talents to the boards of respected corporations and major organizations. The honorees were selected by the WomenInc. staff with input from its network of professional women and executives. 

“It is essential that the achievements and success of professional women are showcased in the highest regard and their stories are told in meaningful ways. WomenInc. is proud to recognize this distinguished group of women serving on public boards,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of WomenInc. Magazine, Catrina Young. “We are inspired by these accomplished executives, their distinguished careers and the corporations that demonstrate inclusive board composition. We offer congratulations and appreciation to the directors recognized in WomenInc.’s Most Influential Corporate Directors edition for their leadership.” 

Dr Ilham KadriDr. Kadri is president and chief executive officer of Diversey Inc. a global cleaning, hygiene, food safety and infection control company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C.  She is a chemical engineer and earned a master’s and doctorate degree in physics and chemistry at the European School of Chemistry, Polymers and Materials of Strasbourg. She has served on the A. O. Smith Board of Directors since 2016 and is a member of the audit committee as well. 

Idelle K. WolfWolf served for seven years in various roles including President, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Barnes Distribution, a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, operating and production supplies based in Cleveland, Ohio, that is now part of MSC Industrial Supply. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Ohio State University Fisher School of Business and is a certified public account. Wolf has served on the A. O. Smith board of directors since 2005, and she also serves on the audit committee.