North Canton, OH - The Timken Company's board of directors has elected Ajita G. Rajendra a director of the company for a term that expires at its May 2015 annual meeting. The election brings The Timken Company board to 10 directors.
Rajendra serves as the chairman, president and chief executive officer of A. O. Smith Corp., a $2.2-billion global water technology company based in Milwaukee. The company is a manufacturer of residential and commercial water heating and hydronic heating equipment for markets in North America, China and India. The company also manufactures water purification products for residential and light commercial applications.
Rajendra has held a wide range of finance, operations, marketing and executive management positions throughout his 35-year career and has broad experience serving on corporate boards. He currently serves on the board of Donaldson Company Inc., a manufacturer of filtration products based in Minneapolis. He previously was a director of Industrial Distribution Group Inc., from 2007 until its acquisition by Eiger Holdco LLC in 2008.
Rajendra was named A. O. Smith president and chief executive officer in January 2013, and was elected chairman of the board in April 2014. He has served on the A. O. Smith board since 2011. Prior to joining A. O. Smith in 2005, he previously served as senior vice-president at Kennametal Inc., a manufacturer of cutting tools, from 1998 to 2004. He began his career in 1978 with Corning Incorporated.