Parag Kulkarni, SVP

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Parag Kulkarni was named Senior Vice President - International and President - A. O. Smith India Water Products Private Limited in September 2022, with profit & loss responsibility for the Company's operations in India, Vietnam, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He joined A. O. Smith in 2015 as Managing Director - A. O. Smith India Water Products Private Limited.

Parag led A. O. Smith India to market-leading positions in the country's water heating and water purifying categories. Under his leadership, A. O. Smith India has been recognized as the country's Most Trusted Brand for water heaters each year since 2019 and certification as a Great Place to Work twice. In addition, the India team has been recognized internally for product innovation, environmental initiatives and workplace safety.

Parag came to A. O. Smith after 22 years with Wipro Ltd., a leading technology services and consulting company, growing from a territory sales lead to SVP & business head for Wipro's commercial lighting and consumer care group. He began his career as a senior sales engineer with Atlas Copco India, a manufacturer of compressors, vacuum solutions, generators, pumps, power tools and assembly systems.

Parag was named one of the 50 Most Impactful Leaders in Global Water Management in 2017, among India's Best Leaders in Crisis in 2021 for managing the Company through the global pandemic, and one of the country's Most Trusted CEOs in 2017, following the successful expansion of the water purification business. He earned his BS in mechanical engineering from the Government Engineering College in Jabalpur and an MBA in business management from Pune's Institute of Management Development. He also completed McGill University's Executive Leadership Experience. 

Outside of work, Parag is an accomplished wildlife photographer whose work has earned recognition from outlets like National Geographic and BBC Earth.