Dalithia Smith currently holds the position of Chief Human Resources Officer at Oatey, 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 in 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. She has a heavy focus on leadership & organizational development, attraction & retention, engagement and diversity, equity & inclusion. She is also accomplished in the areas of talent acquisition and executive coaching.
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. 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 holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and the SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certifications. She is a national and local member of the Society for Human Resource Management. Past accomplishments include being recognized in the 2018 Notable Women in Manufacturing feature and earning the recognition of Cleveland Crain’s 40 Under 40 which recognizes individuals for their professional success and civic contributions. Dalithia is committed to giving back and currently sits on the board of The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, the YMCA, CollegeNow, the Cleveland Play House and is an Employer Relations committee member for Engage! Cleveland.
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. 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 reading, traveling, shopping and various community activities.