Motion Industries promotes John Watwood to senior VP

John Watwood

Motion Industries, Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts and a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, has named John Watwood group senior vice president of the company’s Southeast group effective May 1, 2019.

A graduate of the University of North Alabama (MBA) and University of Alabama at Birmingham, (BS, industrial distribution/marketing), Watwood has more than 20 years of experience in the industry. He has worked in various positions with AIT, Fluid Engineering, and SMC before joining Motion Industries in 2008 as a fluid power specialist based out of Mississippi. Watwood quickly worked his way up to branch manager positions in Columbus, Mississippi, and Nashville, Tennessee, before earning a promotion to division vice president, general manager of the Nashville division in 2014.

Kevin Storer, Motion Industries executive vice president U.S. operations, said, “John’s experience, expertise, and leadership style are well-suited for this expanded role and will allow him to move with agility toward success. We are excited that he has accepted the challenge to grow our Southeast market and enhance our initiatives with a fresh perspective.”

Motion Industries President Randy Breaux said, “John brings an intensity we need in the current market, along with the ability to drive strategic change through efficient operational execution. We look forward to seeing the Southeast Operating Group’s future accomplishments resulting from his influence.”