By: E&P Staff
Goss International President Richard J. Sutis will retire on July 31, after 44 years of service. Sutis will retain his positions as vice chairman of the board of directors of Shanghai Goss Graphic Systems, a joint-venture of Goss International and Shanghai Electric Group in China, and a director of Goss Graphics Systems Japan Corp.
In the past few years, Sutis has transitioned out of direct management control of Goss International and focused on continuing company initiatives in Asia.
Trained as an engineer at the Illinois Institute of Technology and awarded an MBA at the University of Chicago, Sutis was honored as a Rockwell International Engineer of the Year in 1980, when the printing equipment manufacturer was owned by Rockwell International.
Sutis started his career in 1965 with the former Miehle-Goss-Dexter company (which later became Rockwell Graphic Systems), movin through product development, strategic business planning and various executive positions, culminating in his appointment as president of Goss International Corp. in 2002.
Among technology developments to which he contributed were the first four-high configuration of a singlewide newspaper press (the original Goss Community press) in the1960s and the first stacked commercial heatset press in the 1970s. He was instrumental in developing the four-high doublewide Goss Colorliner in the1980s and the high-speed compact doublewide Global Newsliner in the late 1990s. In recent years, Sutis has continued to lead such research and development efforts as digital inking, automatic workflow control and the enhanced Magnum press series.
Sutis spearheaded the company’s expansion into Eastern and Central Europe and helped establish operations in Italy and France, modernize operations in Japan, and invigorate and lead the joint venture in China.
Sutis is a member of the board of directors of the Web Offset Association of Printing Institute of America and a past board member of the National Printing Equipment Suppliers Association, Research and Engineering Council, Goss Graphic Systems Preston (England) and Goss Graphic Systems Nantes (France).
“Much has changed since my father showed me his presses at age five,” said Sutis. These changes in technology are what keeps the industry vibrant and generates higher print quality, lower costs and more efficient throughput. I am ready to retire, but the presses will not stop. Print will continue to play an important role in our lives.”
“Dick has been a long-term friend to many of us, and his broad industry knowledge combined with global market intelligence and business leadership have been highly valuable to the company and its employees,” Goss International CEO Jochen Meissner said in announcing Sutis’ retirement.