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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Ajita Rajendra

65 2017 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Kevin Wheeler

57 2017 President, Chief Operating Officer, Director

John Kita

61 2011 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

David Warren

2017 President and General Manager - North America, India, Europe and Export

James Stern

54 2007 Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Robert Heideman

50 2013 Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Peter Martineau

2016 Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Mark Petrarca

53 2006 Senior Vice President - Human Resources and Public Affairs

Wilfridus Brouwer

58 2015 Senior Vice President – Asia Corporate Development, President – A. O. Smith Holdings (Barbados) SRL

Wei Ding

54 2013 Senior Vice President, President and General Manager of A. O. Smith (China) Water Heater Co., Ltd.

Charles Lauber

54 2013 Senior Vice President - Strategy and Corporate development

William Vallett

57 2013 Senior Vice President; Chief Executive Officer – Lochinvar, LLC

Paul Dana

54 2016 Vice President – Global Manufacturing, President – APCOM, a division of State Industries, Inc., a subsidiary of the Company

Bruce Smith

68 2013 Lead Independent Director

Ronald Brown

63 2013 Independent Director

Gloster Current

71 2007 Independent Director

William Greubel

65 2012 Independent Director

Paul Jones

68 2016 Independent Director

Ilham Kadri

48 2016 Independent Director

Mark Smith

55 2001 Independent Director

Idelle Wolf

64 2005 Independent Director

Gene Wulf

66 2003 Independent Director

Patricia Ackerman

Vice President, Investor Relations and Treasurer

Biographies

Name Description

Ajita Rajendra

Mr. Ajita G. Rajendra is re designated as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of A. O. Smith Corporation effective June 1, 2017. He is a member of the Investment Policy Committee of the Board. Mr. Rajendra became chairman, president and chief executive officer in 2014. Mr. Rajendra previously served as president and chief executive officer in 2013, and as president and chief operating officer of the company from 2011 to 2012. Mr. Rajendra joined the company as president of A. O. Smith Water Products Company in 2005, and was named executive vice president of the company in 2006. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Rajendra was senior vice president at Kennametal, Inc., a manufacturer of cutting tools, from 1998 to 2004. Mr. Rajendra also serves on the board of Donaldson Company, Inc., where he is a member of the Audit Committee and Human Resources Committee, since 2010, and on the board of The Timken Company, where he serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees, since 2014. Further, Mr. Rajendra was a director of Industrial Distribution Group, Inc. from 2007 until its acquisition by Eiger Holdco, LLC in 2008.

Kevin Wheeler

Mr. Kevin J. Wheeler serves as President, Chief Operating Officer, Director of A. O. Smith Corporation. He is Senior Vice President and General Manager – North America, India and Europe – A. O. Smith Water Products Company from 2011 to 2012; Senior Vice President and General Manager – U.S. Retail – A. O. Smith Water Products Company from 2007 to 2011; Vice President – International – A. O. Smith Water Products Company from 2004 to 2007 and Managing Director – A. O. Smith Water Products Company B.V. from 1999 to 2004.

John Kita

Mr. John J. Kita is Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of A. O. Smith Corporation. He served as Controller of the Company. He was Vice President, Treasurer and Controller from 1996 to 2006, Treasurer and Controller from 1995 to 1996 and Assistant Treasurer from 1988 to 1994.

David Warren

Mr. David R. Warren is President and General Manager - North America, India, Europe and Export of the Company. Warren has served as vice president of the India, Europe, and export businesses, overseeing the company's international water heater operations in Europe, and water heater and water treatment operations in Turkey and India. He also was responsible for the company's export water heater activities. Warren joinedA. O. Smithin 1989 as a wholesale sales coordinator and was promoted to district manager of the South Texas District. In 1999, he was named a regional sales manager for the South Central Region. In 2002, he became director of Reliance retail water heater sales. In 2004, Warren was named managing director of the company's Veldhoven operation with responsibility for the European and Middle Eastern markets and export water heater sales. Warren is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in sales and marketing and has taken courses in international business from Franklin University-Switzerland in Lugano, Switzerland.

James Stern

Mr. James F. Stern serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of A. O. Smith Corporation. Mr. Stern was Partner - Foley & Lardner LLP, 1997 to 2006.

Robert Heideman

Mr. Robert J. Heideman is Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer of A. O. Smith Corporation. He was Senior Vice President - Corporate Technology from 2010 to 2011, Vice President - Corporate Technology from 2007 to 2010, Director - Materials from 2005 to 2007 and Section Manager from 2002 to 2005. He has also been Engineering Supervisor - Kohler Company in 2001.

Peter Martineau

Mr. Peter R. Martineau is Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer of the Company. He was Vice President – Business Transformation 2013 to 2015; Vice President – Customer Satisfaction 2010 to 2012

Mark Petrarca

Mr. Mark A. Petrarca is Senior Vice President - Human Resources and Public Affairs of A. O. Smith Corporation. He was the Vice President - Human Resources and Public Affairs from 2005 to 2006, Vice President of Human Resources of A. O. Smith Water Products Company 1999 to 2004.

Wilfridus Brouwer

Dr. Wilfridus M. Brouwer, Ph.D., is Senior Vice President – Asia Corporate Development, President – A. O. Smith Holdings (Barbados) SRL of A. O. Smith Corporation . He was Executive Project Leader of Akzo Nobel since 2007 to 2008, Vice President Decorative Coatings; President Asia Operations of Akzo Nobel since 2005 to 2007 and Global Sub Business Unit Manager - Akzo Nobel since 2004 to 2005. He earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in chemistry from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He received a Ph.D in chemistry from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands in 1984. In 1995, he received an MBA degree from Pace University, New York, N.Y.

Wei Ding

Mr. Wei Ding serves as Senior Vice President; President and General Manager – A. O. Smith (China) Water Heater Co., Ltd., of A. O. Smith Corporation. He served as Senior Vice President – A. O. Smith Water Products Company since 2011 to 2012; Vice President – China – A. O. Smith Water Products Company from 2006 to 2011.

Charles Lauber

Mr. Charles T. Lauber serves as Senior Vice President - Strategy and Corporate development of A. O. Smith Corporation. He served as Senior Vice President – Group Chief Financial Officer – A. O. Smith Water Products Company from 2011 to 2012; Senior Vice President – Chief Financial Officer – A. O. Smith Water Products Company from 2006 to 2011; Vice President – Global Finance – A. O. Smith Electrical Products Company from 2004 to 2006; Vice President and Controller – A. O. Smith Electrical Products Company from 2001 to 2004 and Director of Audit and Tax from 1999 to 2001.

William Vallett

Mr. William L. Vallett, Jr., is Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Lochinvar, LLC, of A. O. Smith Corporation. He is Senior Vice President since 2013; Chief Executive Officer – Lochinvar Corporation from 1992 to 2012; Vice President Operations – Lochinvar Corporation from 1987 to 1992.

Paul Dana

Mr. Paul R. Dana is Vice President – Global Manufacturing, President – APCOM, a division of State Industries, Inc., a subsidiary of the Company 2011 to Present of A. O. Smith Corporation. He was Vice President – Product Engineering 2006 to 2010, Plant Manager – Productos de Agua, S. de R.L. de C.V. 1998 to 2005.

Bruce Smith

Mr. Bruce M. Smith is Lead Independent Director of A. O. Smith Corporation. He is the Chairperson of the Investment Policy Committee and a member of the Personnel and Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board. He was elected president of Smith Investment Company Inc. (“SICO”) in 1993, and served as chairman and chief executive officer of SICO from 1999 until its merger with our company in 2009. Shares of our Class A Common Stock and Common Stock were SICO’s principal asset and represented a controlling position in our company until the merger. Mr. Smith was a director of SICO from 1983 to 1988 and from 1991 to 2009. From 2009 until his retirement in 2012, Mr. Smith also was chief executive officer of Smith Investment Company LLC, an entity that holds all of the assets and liabilities of SICO (other than our Class A Common Stock and Common Stock owned by SICO until the merger). From 2009 to May 31, 2016, Mr. Smith was chairman of the board of managers of Smith Investment Company LLC. He was also chief executive officer of Berlin Industries LLC, which was engaged in multicolor printing and related services, from 1996 until its sale in 2011. Further, Mr. Smith is one of three trustees of the Smith Family Voting Trust, which holds a controlling position in the stock of our company. Mr. Smith is a first cousin of Mark D. Smith, also a director of our company. Roger S. Smith, brother of director Bruce M. Smith, is a long-standing employee of our company who splits his time between his non-executive position as director-community affairs and at the A. O. Smith Foundation, a charitable organization.

Ronald Brown

Mr. Ronald D. Brown is an Independent Director of A. O. Smith Corporation. He is the Chairperson of the Personnel and Compensation Committee and a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board. Mr. Brown joined The Armor Group, Inc. in 2013 as chief operating officer. The Armor Group, Inc. is a certified woman-owned corporation which manufactures equipment and products, and provides related services to a variety of industrial markets, including beverage and food service, medical, power generation, automobile, and military. From 2009 until 2014, Mr. Brown was managing director of Taft Business Consulting, LLC, a consulting group affiliated with the law firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, which provides advisory services on a range of business issues. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Brown served as chief financial officer of Makino, Inc., a privately-held global metalworking technologies company. Prior to that, Mr. Brown was chairman and chief executive officer of Milacron Inc. from 2001 to 2008, and president and chief operating officer of Milacron Inc. from 1999 through 2001. He joined Milacron Inc. in 1980. Milacron is a supplier of plastic processing and metalworking fluid technologies; the company filed for bankruptcy in 2009. Mr. Brown also served on the Board of Zep Inc., where he was Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, from 2010 until it was acquired by New Mountain Capital in 2015. He also joined the James Advantage Funds in 2014 as a trustee, where he serves on its Audit Committee.

Gloster Current

Mr. Gloster B. Current, Jr., is an Independent Director of A. O. Smith Corporation. He is a member of the Audit Committee of the Board. Mr. Current retired from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (“NML”) in 2009 as vice president corporate affairs and assistant to the chief executive officer. He previously served as vice president of policyowner services at NML from 2006 to 2007 and as vice president, corporate planning when he joined the company in 2003. NML is the nation’s largest direct provider of individual life insurance. Prior to joining NML, he was vice president and chief marketing officer of Lincoln Financial Group from 1995 to 2003. Prior to joining Lincoln Financial Group, Mr. Current held a variety of management and operations assignments with Citibank, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Del Monte Foods and Procter & Gamble.

William Greubel

Mr. William P. Greubel is an Independent Director of A. O. Smith Corporation. He is the Chairperson of the Nominating and Governance Committee and a member of the Personnel and Compensation Committee of the Board. Mr. Greubel was the chief executive officer of Wabash National from 2002 to 2007, and held various director positions with Wabash National, including chairman and executive director, until his retirement as a director in 2009. Wabash National is one of the leading manufacturers of semi-truck trailers in North America, specializing in the design and production of dry freight vans, refrigerated vans, flatbed trailers, drop deck trailers, dry and wet trailers, and intermodal equipment. Mr. Greubel previously was chief executive officer of Accuride Corporation from 1998 until 2002 and president from 1994 until 1998. Mr. Greubel served as a director of Wabash National from 2002 to 2009 and of privately-held Utilimaster Corp. from 2002 to 2009.

Paul Jones

Mr. Paul W. Jones is an Independent Director of A. O. Smith Corporation. He is a member of the Investment Policy Committee of the Board. He was executive chairman of the board from 2013 until his retirement in 2014. Mr. Jones served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer from 2011 to 2012; chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer from 2006 to 2011; and president and chief operating officer from 2004 to 2005. Prior to joining A. O. Smith, he was chairman and chief executive officer of U.S. Can Company, Inc. from 1998 to 2002. He previously was president and chief executive officer of Greenfield Industries, Inc. from 1993 to 1998 and president from 1989 to 1992. Mr. Jones has been a director of Federal Signal Corporation since 1998, where he chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee and is a member of the Compensation and Benefits Committee; and a director of Rexnord Corporation since 2014, where he is a member of the Compensation Committee, chairs the Executive Committee and was elected Non-Executive Chairman in 2015; and was a director of Integrys Energy Group, Inc., where he chaired the Financial Committee and was a member of the Audit Committee, from 2011 until its 2015 merger into Wisconsin Energy Corporation and, since then, has continued as a director of the newly formed entity, WEC Energy Group, Inc., where he is a member of its Audit Committee. He also was a director of Bucyrus International, Inc. from 2006 until its acquisition by Caterpillar, Inc. in 2011, and chaired its Compensation Committee.

Ilham Kadri

Dr. Ilham Kadri is an Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Kadri is Vice President of Sealed Air Corporation, and President of its Diversey Care division. Diversey is scheduled to be spun off as a freestanding publicly-traded company in 2017, with Dr. Kadri named Chief Executive Officer. Sealed Air Corporation is a global leader in food safety and security, facility hygiene and product protection. The Diversey Care division manufactures products for facility hygiene, food safety and security, and infection control, with customers worldwide. Prior to joining Sealed Air Corporation in 2013, Dr. Kadri was with Dow Chemical Company from 2010 until 2012, where she was the General Manager of the Dow Advanced Materials Division, a specialty materials provider in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, and the Commercial Director for Dow Water & Process Solutions, a global leader in sustainable separation and purification technology. Dr. Kadri joined Dow in 2010 as a Marketing Director for Dow Coating Materials, following its acquisition of Rohm and Haas, where she served as a Marketing Director for the construction, coatings and industrial division since 2007. Dr. Kadri started her career with Royal Dutch Shell PLC in the Netherlands and has held positions of increasing financial and global responsibility with public and private companies. A third-party search firm recommended Dr. Kadri to the Nominating and Governance Committee, which considered Dr. Kadri and recommended to the Board that Dr. Kadri be appointed as a director.

Mark Smith

Mr. Mark D. Smith is an Independent Director of A. O. Smith Corporation. He is a member of the Audit Committee of the Board. He has served as a product business manager for Strattec Security Corporation since 1997. Strattec Security Corporation designs, develops, manufactures and markets mechanical locks and keys, electronically enhanced locks and keys, steering column and instrument panel ignition lock housings, latches, and related access control products for major automotive manufacturers. Mr. Smith is a first cousin of Bruce M. Smith, also a director of our company.

Idelle Wolf

Ms. Idelle K. Wolf is an Independent Director of A. O. Smith Corporation. She is a member of the Audit Committee of the Board. Ms. Wolf was president of Barnes Distribution from 2006 to 2007 and vice president of Barnes Group Inc. from 2000 to 2007. She previously was president of Barnes Distribution North America from 2004 through 2005. She joined Barnes Group Inc. as vice president and as chief operating officer of Barnes Distribution in 2000. Barnes Distribution is a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, operating and production supplies with distribution centers in North America, Europe and Asia.

Gene Wulf

Mr. Gene C. Wulf serves as an Independent Director of A. O. Smith Corporation. He is the Chairperson of the Audit Committee of the Board. Until his retirement in 2011, Mr. Wulf served as executive vice president of Bemis Company, Inc., where he was responsible for integration of acquisitions, as well as global corporate strategy and information technology. He previously was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Bemis Company, Inc. from 2005 to 2010; was vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Bemis Company, Inc., from 2002 through 2005; and was vice president and controller from 1998 to 2002. He also served as a director of Bemis Company, Inc. from 2006 until his retirement in 2011. Bemis Company, Inc. is one of the largest flexible packaging companies in the Americas.

Patricia Ackerman