Kevin J. Wheeler is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of A. O. Smith Corporation. A. O. Smith is a global water technology company with revenues of $3 billion and market capitalization of approximately $8 billion. A. O. Smith was included in the S&P 500 Index in 2017.
Kevin was named Chairman of A. O. Smith Corporation on May 1, 2020. He was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer on September 1, 2018. He is the 10th CEO in the company's 146-year history. Prior to becoming CEO, Kevin was President and Chief Operating Officer from June 2017, and was responsible for the company’s global water heating and water treatment operations. He also oversaw the company’s Research and Development and Information Technology functions. Kevin was elected to the A. O. Smith Board of Directors in July 2017.
From 2013-2017, Kevin was Senior Vice President of A. O. Smith Corporation and President and General Manager of its North America, India, Europe Water Heating and Export business, which was the company’s largest operating unit. Kevin also was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Company’s North American water heater unit, a position he held since September 2011. In this role, he had profit and loss responsibility for the 11 brands that make up the business unit. Prior to this position, from 2007 Kevin was Senior Vice President and General Manager of A. O. Smith’s U.S. retail water heaters, responsible for the company’s retail Strategic Business Unit.
Kevin joined A. O. Smith as a regional sales manager for its Water Products Company division in 1994. He also served as Managing Director of the company’s Veldhoven, the Netherlands operation from 1999, and as Vice President-International from 2004, responsible for the company’s residential and commercial water heating business outside the United States and Canada.
He began his career in 1984 at Hoyt Water Heater Company. He also held sales management positions with American Water Heater Company, Tennessee and Bradford White Corporation, a water heater manufacturer headquartered in Pennsylvania.
Kevin is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor’s degree in finance and the Harvard University Advanced Management Program.
He is a member of the Manufacturers Association for Productivity Improvement (MAPI) Division Leadership Council, Business Roundtable and the Presidents’ Roundtable. He has served as an at-large director of the Air-conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). He is also a director of Graco Inc. (NYSE: GGG).