Dalithia Smith

HR Panel

Dalithia Smith
MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer at Oatey Co.

Dalithia Smith currently holds the position of SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer at Oatey Co., a global manufacturing leader in the residential and commercial plumbing industry. In this role, Dalithia serves as the strategic partner to the Chief Executive Officer, leading the global Human Resources function, including Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Environmental, Health, Safety, and Security.

Dalithia’s wealth of experience includes setting the strategic direction for HR and ensuring that human capital strategies align with corporate objectives, while keeping the well-being of Oatey associates top of mind. She has a heavy focus on leadership & organizational development, attraction & retention, engagement, diversity, equity & inclusion and coaching, mentoring & development.

Prior to joining Oatey, Dalithia served as the Vice President Human Resources, Americas Welding for Lincoln Electric, a global manufacturer of welding products. Prior to that, she managed the University Relations function at the Timken Company in Canton, OH. She also held various management positions in Human Resources, Diversity, Corporate Finance and Retail Banking at organizations such as Ernst & Young and Key Bank.

Dalithia is a 2020 graduate of Leadership Cleveland and holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and the SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certifications. Under Dalithia’s leadership Oatey was recognized as a Crain’s 2021 Notable Business Championing Diversity & Inclusion and a Smart Culture Award Honoree. Past accomplishments include being recognized in the 2018 Notable Women in Manufacturing feature and earning the recognition of Cleveland Crain’s 40 Under 40. Dalithia is committed to giving back to the community and currently sits on the board of The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, the Achievement Centers for Children, CollegeNow, the Cleveland Play House, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and ERC.

Dalithia earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing with a minor in Fashion Merchandising from Ohio University. She also holds an MBA from Cleveland State University and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree from Case Western Reserve University. She is a Cleveland native and the proud mom of her daughter Jordyn who is currently pursuing her collegiate studies. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, including her mom and brother who reside in the Cleveland area. She also enjoys mentoring, the arts, reading, traveling, and various community activities.