SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 1, 2021
A. O. Smith Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|Delaware|| ||1-475|| ||39-0619790|
|(State or other jurisdiction|
| ||(IRS Employer|
11270 West Park Place, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53224
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
(Registrant’s telephone number)
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class||Trading|
|Name of each exchange|
on which registered
|Common Stock (par value $1.00 per share)||AOS||New York Stock Exchange|
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On December 1, 2021, Helen E. Gurholt, currently A. O. Smith Corporation's (“the Company”) Vice President and Controller, was promoted to Vice President Financial Planning and Analysis effective December 1, 2021.
On December 1, 2021, Benjamin A. Otchere, 48, who is currently the Company’s Vice President, Finance and International Controller, was appointed as Vice President and Controller of the Company effective December 1, 2021. As the Controller, Mr. Otchere will assume the role of “principal accounting officer” from Ms. Gurholt. Mr. Otchere joined the Company in 2012 as a Director of Internal Audit and Risk Management and then served as Global Operations Controller for the Company from 2014 until 2019 when he was promoted to Vice President, Finance and International Controller.
Mr. Otchere will participate in the usual compensation and benefit programs available to an officer of the Company.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
The following exhibit is being filed herewith:
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded with the Inline XBRL document)
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|A. O. SMITH CORPORATION|
Date: December 2, 2021
|By:||/s/James F. Stern|
|James F. Stern|
|Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary|