Kevin Wheeler was named President and Chief Executive Officer of A. O. Smith Corporation on September 1, 2018. He is the 10th CEO in the company's 144-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 function, including CTC, and the information services function.
Kevin also was 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, 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 including the Whirlpool, Kenmore, U.S. Craftmaster, and Reliance brands.
He 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, and as Vice President-International, responsible for the company’s residential and commercial water heating business outside the United States and Canada. Prior to joining A. O. Smith, Wheeler held sales management positions with American Water Heater Company of Johnson City, Tenn., and Bradford-White Corporation, a water heater manufacturer headquartered in Ambler, Pa. Kevin is a graduate of the University of Nevada-Reno with a Bachelor’s degree in finance and the Harvard University Advanced Management Program.