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A.O. Smith Names New President/COO
Dec 11, 2003
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Milwaukee, Wi, U.S.-based electric motor and water heater manufacturer A. O. Smith Corporation announced that Paul W. Jones will join the company as president and chief operating officer (COO) in January 2004.

In this new position, Mr. Jones will oversee the activities of both the Electrical and Water Products operating companies, including international operations, and the corporation's technology center.

According to Robert O'Toole, chairman and CEO, the creation of this position will bring increased management strength and focus on our global operations and provide for an orderly succession plan for the CEO assignment in the next several years.

Mr. Jones joins A. O. Smith after serving as chairman and CEO of U.S. Can Company, Inc., a provider of containers for personal care, household, industrial, and specialty products in North and South America and Europe.

Prior to U S Can, Mr. Jones served as president and CEO of Greenfield Industries, Inc., a global manufacturer of cutting tools and other material removable products and a major supplier to the retail distribution channels. The first 18 years of Mr. Jones career were spent with General Electric (GE) Company in general management, sales, and manufacturing positions in GE's Drives business and earlier assignments in their transportation, power systems, and plastics operations.

Mr. Jones earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Evansville, Evansville, IN, U.S.

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