Kevin J. Wheeler serves as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of A.O. Smith Corporation, where he has responsibility for the company's global operations, as well as strategy development and implementation, profitability and shareholder returns. Prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Wheeler was President and Chief Operating Officer, from June 2017, where he held responsibility for A.O. Smith’s global water heater, boiler operations, and its global water treatment business. He also oversaw the company’s global research and information technology functions. In addition to serving on the Company's Board of Directors, he serves on the Board of Trustees at Manufacturers Alliance.
Mr. Wheeler joined the Company in 1994 as a regional sales manager for the former Water Products Company. From then on, he served in roles of increasing responsibilites for the Company including Managing Director, Vice President of International Operations for all European and Asian operations, and Senior Vice President and General Manager of the U.S. retail business where he oversaw all aspects including sales, marketing, manufacturing, product engineering, and customer service. He also served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of A. O. Smith's largest operating unit, the North America, India and Europe water heating business, and became president of that business in 2013. Mr. Wheeler is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.