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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Ajita Rajendra

64 2014 Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

John Kita

60 2011 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

James Stern

53 2007 Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Robert Heideman

49 2013 Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Randall Bednar

63 2007 Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Mark Petrarca

53 2006 Senior Vice President - Human Resources and Public Affairs

Wilfridus Brouwer

57 2013 Senior Vice President; President of A. O. Smith (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

Wei Ding

53 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

56 2013 Senior Vice President; Chief Executive Officer – Lochinvar, LLC

Kevin Wheeler

56 2013 Senior Vice President; President and General Manager - North America, India and Europe Water Heating

Patricia Ackerman

Vice President, Investor Relations and Treasurer

Paul Dana

53 2016 Vice President – Global Manufacturing

Bruce Smith

67 2013 Lead Independent Director

Paul Jones

67 2014 Director

Ronald Brown

62 2013 Independent Director

Gloster Current

70 2007 Independent Director

William Greubel

64 2012 Independent Director

Mathias Sandoval

54 2010 Independent Director

Mark Smith

54 2001 Independent Director

Idelle Wolf

63 2005 Independent Director

Gene Wulf

65 2003 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Ajita Rajendra

Mr. Ajita G. Rajendra has been appointed as Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer of A. O. Smith Corporation . 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, and on the board of The Timken Company, where he serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees. Further, Mr. Rajendra was a director of Industrial Distribution Group, Inc. from 2007 until its acquisition by Eiger Holdco, LLC in 2008.

John Kita

Mr. John J. Kita serves as 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.

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 serves as 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.

Randall Bednar

Mr. Randall S. Bednar is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of A. O. Smith Corporation . Mr. Bednar served as Senior Vice President - Information Technology in 2006. He was Vice President - Information Technology from 2001 to 2006 and Mr. Bednar was Vice President and Chief Information Officer - Gates Corporation from 1996 to 2000.

Mark Petrarca

Mr. Mark A. Petrarca serves as 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., serves as Senior Vice President; President of A. O. Smith (China) Investment Co., Ltd., 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.

Kevin Wheeler

Mr. Kevin J. Wheeler serves as Senior Vice President; President and General Manager - North America, India and Europe Water Heating 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.

Patricia Ackerman

Paul Dana

Mr. Paul R. Dana is Vice President – Global Manufacturing of A. O. Smith Corporation .

Bruce Smith

Mr. Bruce M. Smith serves as an 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). Since 2009, Mr. Smith has been 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. Mr. Smith’s daughter, Alexandra Smith, worked with our company in an entry-level human resources position from 2013 until May 2015. 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.

Paul Jones

Mr. Paul W. Jones is Director of A. O. Smith Corporation effective April 2014. Previously he served as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He has been a director of company since 2004. 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 April, 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; a director of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. since 2011, where he chairs the Financial Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee; and a director of Rexnord Corporation since December, 2014, where he is a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee and the Compensation 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.

Ronald Brown

Mr. Ronald D. Brown serves as 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.,

Gloster Current

Mr. Gloster B. Current, Jr., serves as 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 policy owner 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.

William Greubel

Mr. William P. Greubel serves as 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 has 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, 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.

Mathias Sandoval

Mr. Mathias F. Sandoval serves as an Independent Director of A. O. Smith Corporation . He has been a director of the Company since October, 2010. He is a member of the Personnel and Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee. Mr. Sandoval was chief executive officer and president of Phelps Dodge International Corporation from 2001 to 2012 and executive vice president of its parent company, General Cable Corporation, where he was chief executive officer and president of General Cable’s Rest of World segment, from 2007 to 2012. He began his 28-year career in the wire and cable industry as a process engineer in Phelps Dodge’s Costa Rican operation and held numerous executive management positions at Phelps Dodge, including general manager of the Honduras-based business, president of the Venezuelan operations, vice president of the Global Aluminum Business Segment, and vice president of the Global Energy Segment. General Cable Corporation is a leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, specialty and communications markets. Since July, 2013, Mr. Sandoval has been advising the executive group of Grupo Terra, a privately held diversified investment company with significant operations in Central and South America in the energy, oil, infrastructure, retail and real estate development sectors.

Mark Smith

Mr. Mark D. Smith serves as 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 serves as 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.