Mr. Cole is the retired President of A.O. Smith China Investment Company where he was responsible for five wholly owned manufacturing Companies with sales primarily focused on the Chinese domestic market. Prior to his 13 years with A.O. Smith in China, Mr. Cole had a long career with Donnelly Corporation. He held senior management positions in Europe for 12 years before returning to the US where he held the position of Vice President of emerging markets and developed the company’s manufacturing base in Mexico and joint ventures in China. A native of Ireland, Mr. Cole holds a BA from the University of Dublin and a MSc. from Trinity College Dublin.