Posted August 20, 2018

Motion Industries announces death of president and CEO

Motion Industries Inc. announced the sudden passing of its president and CEO, Tim Breen. He was 58 at the time of his death.

Tim Breen“Motion Industries has lost a great leader and the world has lost an amazing human being,” said a statement issued by Motion Industries leadership. “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 Company 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.

His leadership as both a division officer and group officer distinguished his record and he assumed responsibility of all the U.S. locations in 2011 as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Breen was promoted to Motion Industries president and chief operating officer in 2013, before his promotion in November 2014 to president and CEO. With Breen at the helm, Motion Industries attained its record $5 billion sales goal at the end of 2017.

Motion Industries leadership added, “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. Tim’s guidance and vision have left us in a strong position to continue building the company’s success.”

Paul Donahue, president and chief executive officer of Motion parent Genuine Parts Company, said the company is mourning the loss of Breen.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our good friend and colleague Tim Breen. On behalf of our Board of Directors, management team and employees, we extend our deepest sympathies to Tim's family. Tim was a passionate leader, and he will be truly missed," he said.

Motion Industries will be led by Randall P. "Randy" Breaux and Kevin P. Storer, both current executive vice presidents of the business.