Board ProfileAn experienced, influential C-Suite executive, Pat's strategic experience includes sustainability, strategic planning, business development, enterprise risk management, finance, human resources and global operations. She has long-standing finance experience and qualifies as a financial expert for audit committee service. A. O. Smith operates in the building products industry and distributes in retail, distribution and omni channels, with global operations, concentrated in North America, China and India.
Ms. Ackerman has been with A.O Smith since 1983. The company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment, with a global footprint that includes operations in North America, China, India and Europe. As Senior Vice President of Investor Relations, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, and Treasurer since 2008, Ms. Ackerman has lead investor communications, shareholder outreach, rating agency interactions, treasury and pension investment, and capital market debt financing for this global company. She sets CRS goals and drives improvement for A. O. Smith’s world-wide operations to create shareholder value. Risk management, real estate, and audit functions for the $3 billion company have also been her responsibility, including leading the company’s progress in enterprise risk management, internal and financial controls, and product and plant safety. Ms. Ackerman has also served as the Finance Team Co-lead with the CFO for acquisitions, divestitures and equity offerings and played a key role in the company’s rapid expansion in China and India. In recognition of her many business and community contributions, Ms. Ackerman was recognized in 2012 as a Woman of Influence by the Milwaukee Business Journal.
Recognition & Awards
2012 Woman of Influence, Milwaukee Business Journal
PersonalMs. Ackerman is married and has two adult sons. An avid runner, Ms. Ackerman runs every morning to "set the day". She enjoys playing golf, cycling, snowshoeing, reading and walking her golden retriever, Lincoln.
Functional ExpertiseAuditFinanceHuman Resources
Leadership – lead initial Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) council for A. O. Smith and published inaugural CRS report. Founded A. O, Smith Women’s Resource Network, the company’s initial diversity and inclusion initiative.
International/Global Operations – prioritize and set global CRS goals to create shareholder value.
Mergers and Acquisitions – executive team member, influence M&A decisions and capital raise, when needed.
Strategic Planning – executive team member, influence company vision and strategy, identify risks, and create shareholder value