Ajita Rajendra, president and COO of A.O. Smith, is the new chairman of the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute.

The announcement was made during AHRI’s 2011 annual meeting, Nov. 12-15 in Bonita Springs, Fla.

Morrison Carter, president and CEO of Beckett Gas Inc., was also selected to serve as immediate past chairman. Harry Holmes, president of Morrison Products, was named vice chairman.