Motion Names VP of Operations Integration

Published online: Nov 16, 2021 News
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Motion Industries, Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair and operation replacement parts, and a premier provider of industrial technology solutions, announces the promotion of John Watwood to vice president of operations integration, effective immediately.

Watwood moves to this position from vice president/group executive for the Southeast, to which he was promoted in 2019. In his new and expanded role, he will be responsible for Motion’s distribution/fulfillment network, branch operations support and enterprise excellence. He will report to Joe Limbaugh, executive vice president of supply chain, operations support, marketing, and enterprise excellence.

“John’s experience, aptitude and tenure make him uniquely qualified to lead in these important areas, and we are excited to have him on board,” says Limbaugh. “The transition process will begin immediately and will be complete by Jan. 1. We look forward to seeing the impact of John’s influence.”

Watwood has over 20 years of experience in various sales and operations roles in both manufacturing and distribution—including his employment with Motion Industries, which began in 2008. In addition, he played an integral role in the development and deployment of Motion’s Project Challenge, a pilot that transformed a traditional branch structure into a territory-based sales area supported by a local fulfillment center.

A graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Watwood also earned an MBA at the University of North Alabama.