The A. O. Smith Corporation Board of Directors announced Paul W. Jones will transition from chairman and CEO to executive chairman of the corporation, effective Jan. 1, 2013, at which time, Ajita G. Rajendra will assume the role of president and CEO. Jones joined A. O. Smith in January 2004 as president and COO and was named to the company's Board of Directors in December of that year. He was named chairman and CEOin December 2005. Rajendra joined A. O. Smith in February 2005 as president of its Water Products Company, a manufacturer of residential and commercial water heaters and boilers, and was named an executive vice president of the corporation in 2006. He was named president and COO in August 2011 and was elected to the company's Board of Directors in December of that year.