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Motion appoints new group vice-president of automation


Aurelio Banda, Motion. Photo: Motion Industries

Motion has appointed Aurelio Banda as the new group vice-president of automation.

“Aurelio’s extensive industry background in automation distribution and manufacturing, combined with his education and training, make him a perfect fit to lead our automation strategy and accelerate growth,” says Randy Breaux, Motion’s president.

“We look forward to watching our automation business flourish under his leadership.”

Banda most recently served as president and chief executive officer of PHD Inc., a global manufacturer of electric, pneumatic and hydraulic industrial automation actuators of various types in Fort Wayne, Ind.

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Prior to leading PHD, he served as president and CEO – North America for Beckhoff Automation, a global manufacturer of industrial PCs, software, hardware, and a variety of other products, in Savage, Minn.

Banda was also the owner and president and CEO of Controls Plus, Inc., an automation distributor in Noblesville, Ind. Additionally, he served as VP sales and regional sales manager for Motion Automation and a regional sales manager for Bosch Rexroth’s Electronic Controls & Drives.

A graduate of DeVry University with a degree in Applied Science in Electronics, Banda furthered his education with an MBA in finance and operations from Notre Dame and completed Harvard Business School’s General Management Program.