BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Motion Industries Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Co., announced that Ellen Holladay, senior vice president and chief information officer, received the 2018 PTDA Foundation’s Wendy B. McDonald Award.

“To encourage more women to enter the power transmission/motion control distribution industry, the Wendy B. McDonald Award celebrates the women who not only excel at what they do but also bring innovation to their companies and the industry,” said Ann Arnott, executive director, PTDA Foundation. “We are thrilled to recognize Ms. Holladay’s work as a trailblazing woman in this male-dominated field.”

Holladay joined Motion Industries in 1990 as manager of systems planning and has since led the development of Motion's highly refined supply chain capabilities, which includes a comprehensive integration platform designed to address the complex requirements associated with business-to-business transactions among North America's leading manufacturers and suppliers. In addition to CIO responsibilities, Holladay leads the e-business and operational excellence groups within Motion.

Each year, the PTDA Foundation recognizes a woman who has established herself as an integral contributor to her company’s success and someone who has brought positive change to the power transmission/motion control industry. Holladay was recognized at the PTDA Annual Industry Summit meeting Oct. 17-20 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Wendy B. McDonald was recognized as one of the power transmission and motion control industry’s true pioneers. Known as “Mrs. Mac,” she served more than 60 years as a leader in her family-owned international industrial distribution company and former PTDA member, BC Bearings Engineers Limited (now a Motion Industries company). McDonald’s son, Scott MacPherson, followed in his mother’s footsteps and now serves as Motion Industries’ senior vice president of sales.

Nominees of the Wendy B. McDonald Award must be female and employed by a PTDA member company within the calendar year for which the nomination is being made. There are no criteria with respect to title, position in the company, or years of experience; however, nominees must exemplify leadership and integrity in all business relationships.

This is Holladay’s second industry award in 2018. Earlier this year, she was presented the Bearing Specialists Association’s (BSA) Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Publication date: 11/08/18