A. O. Smith Corporation announced today that Kevin J. Wheeler was appointed as the Company’s new president and chief executive officer. He will replace current Chairman and CEO Ajita G. Rajendra, who will move on to become executive chairman.
Wheeler is currently serving as A. O. Smith’s president and chief operating officer, a position he has held since 2017.
From 2013 until last year, Wheeler was the president of A. O. Smith’s North America, India and Europe Water Heating Business; he was formerly served as senior vice president and general manager of that business from 2011 until his appointment as president two years later.
Wheeler will effectively become the 10th chief executive officer in the company’s 144-year history on September 1, at which time, Rajendra will transition to executive chairman.