Motion Industries president, CEO dies

By |  August 20, 2018


Tim Breen, the president and CEO of Motion Industries who served the company across multiple decades, has died.

Motion Industries is a distributor of maintenance, repair and operation replacement parts. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Co.

“Motion Industries has lost a great leader and the world has lost an amazing human being,” Motion Industries says in a statement. “Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Tim have lost a dear friend and an inspiration. Tim leaves behind a great company, a great culture and a great team that he affectionately referred to as ‘The Motion Family.’ His spirit will forever live on at Motion.”

Breen began his career with Berry Bearing Co. in 1982 and served there as a sales representative, branch manager, regional manager, and corporate accounts manager. His responsibilities continued to grow after Berry Bearing and Motion Industries joined forces in 1993.

In 2011, Breen assumed responsibility for all Motion Industries locations in the United States as executive vice president and COO. Breen was promoted to president and COO in 2013, before his promotion in November 2014 to president and CEO.

“We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved, growing the company he led and appreciating the team he loved so much,” the company adds. “Tim’s guidance and vision have left us in a strong position to continue building the company’s success.”

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