BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Motion Industries, Inc., a distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts and a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Co. (GPC), is saddened to announce the sudden passing of its president and CEO, Tim Breen.

“Motion Industries has lost a great leader, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” said Motion Industries’ leadership team. “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.

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 COO. Breen was promoted to Motion Industries president and COO in 2013, before his promotion in November 2014 to president and CEO. With Breen at the helm, Motion Industries attained a record $5 billion sales goal at the end of 2017.

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

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Publication date: 08/21/18

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