PTDA Foundation honors Motion Industries’ senior VP Ellen Holladay


Motion Industries, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, has announced that Motion Industries’ Ellen Holladay, senior vice president and chief information officer, was named recipient of 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. We are thrilled to recognize Ms. Holladay’s work as a trailblazing woman in this male-dominated field,” said Ann Arnott, executive director, PTDA Foundation.

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. In addition to CIO responsibilities, Holladay leads the eBusiness 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 in Colorado this fall.

Wendy B. McDonald was 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).

In honor of McDonald, the PTDA Foundation established the Wendy B. McDonald Award, which is presented at the discretion of the PTDA Foundation Board of Trustees during the PTDA Industry Summit.

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