A.O. Smith Corporation, parent company of water filtration appliance manufacturer Aquasana, has named Samuel Karge president of the newly created North America water treatment business unit.
Karge replaces the former Aquasana CEO role held by Todd Bartee, who left the company in March. In this new position, Karge will have responsibility over the Aquasana line of drinking water solutions, profit and loss responsibility for A.O. Smith branded water treatment products for North America and the Hague line of water softening products. He will lead all functions of the business including sales and marketing, manufacturing, product development and quality, as well as business and strategic planning.
Karge joined the company after serving as vp/sales and marketing for Zurn Industries, part of the Rexnord Water Management Platform. Prior to that, Karge held numerous positions in platform and marketing management and product development. He served as a member of the board of directors of the Water Quality Association from 2007 until 2016, and served as the association president during the 2014 to 2015 term. He also chaired the association’s government relations committee and the convention committee.
Karge also received the Water Quality Association’s Hall of Fame Award in 2017.
“Sam brings a wealth of global experience in the water treatment and residential water filtration industries to A.O. Smith,” said Kevin Wheeler, president and chief operating officer of A.O. Smith. “He is widely known and respected by customers, water associations and other companies in the industry.”