Dialight Appoint Michael Sutsko as Group Chief Executive.

Dialight plc is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Sutsko as Group Chief Executive.

Michael, 46, joins the Board from Laird plc, where he was latterly President of the Performance Materials Division, one of Laird plc’s two divisions with 2014 revenue of US$604 million.

Prior to Laird plc, Michael held positions at General Electric Advanced Materials, Halma plc, Porex Corporation and W.L. Gore & Associates.   He holds an MBA from Widener University, Chester, USA and a BSc in Chemical Engineering from University of Pennsylvania.

Michael will join the Board of Dialight on 1 June 2015 and will be based in New Jersey, USA where a significant proportion of Dialight’s operations are located.  Richard Stuckes, who has been Dialight’s Interim Group Chief Executive since 2 February 2015 will step down from the Board on 30 June 2015 following a handover to Michael.

The appointment of Michael Sutsko is the result of a global search process following the departure of Roy Burton due to ill health in March 2015.

Bill Ronald, Chairman of Dialight, commented:

“We are delighted to have appointed Michael.  He has an impressive track record and is an excellent fit with the company.  We believe that his skills and extensive US experience will be invaluable to Dialight as the company focuses on improving operational performance and delivering strong future growth.  On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Richard Stuckes for his significant contribution both as Interim Group Chief Executive and as a Non-Executive Director of Dialight since 2009. Richard recognised and recommended the need for a US based CEO and he leaves with our very best wishes.”

Commenting on his appointment, Michael Sutsko said:

“I am very much looking forward to joining Dialight. Dialight is an exciting company and, with the adoption of LED lighting in the industrial and hazardous markets still at an early stage, the opportunity for growth is significant.  I look forward to working with the Board and Dialight’s talented people to lead the company in its next stage of development.”


28 May