Donaldson Company Adds Ajita Rajendra to
Board of Directors
February 02, 2010 01:03 PM Eastern Time
MINNEAPOLIS--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE:DCI) today announced that
it has appointed Ajita G. Rajendra to its Board of Directors, effective March 26th. The addition of Rajendra brings
the Board to 11 members.
Rajendra, 58, is Executive Vice President of Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based A.O. Smith Corporation (NYSE:AOS)
and President of their $1.4 billion A.O. Smith Water Products Company. A.O. Smith Corporation is a $2 billion
global manufacturer of residential and commercial water heating equipment, offering a comprehensive product line
featuring the best-known brands in North America and China, with manufacturing facilities in North America,
Europe, China, and India. They are also one of the largest manufacturers of electric motors for residential and
commercial applications in North America.
Prior to joining A.O. Smith in 2005, Rajendra held executive management positions at Kennametal, Inc.
(NYSE:KMT) from 1996 to 2005, including Senior Vice President, Industrial Products Group, and Vice President,
Electronics Group. Rajendra also served in a wide range of executive management and financial roles from 1978
through 1996 at Corning, Inc. (NYSE:GLW).
“Ajita has a great track record of managing global businesses,” said Bill Cook, Donaldson’s Chairman, President
and CEO. “Ajita’s extensive expertise at profitably growing and managing businesses in both established and
emerging markets, particularly China and India, will provide valuable counsel and perspective for our growth plans at
Donaldson. I am very excited to have him join our Board.”
The Sri Lanka-born Rajendra earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering at the Indian Institute of
Technology, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. He also completed the Advanced Management
Program from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.
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