Michael Sutton, chairman of Suttons Group, has died aged 66 following a short illness.
The son of founder Alf Sutton, Michael has been chairman of the logistics and supply chain company since 1987.
He joined the business when he was 19, and succeeded Alf as managing director in 1978 at the age of 30. He oversaw the expansion of the group into new markets and territories across the world.
Suttons’ current CEO is Michael’s eldest son John Sutton. His youngest son Robert Sutton is the group’s IT director, and other family members sit on the group’s board.
The family issued a joint statement: “It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of our chairman, Michael Sutton on May 8, 2015. He was a much-loved and respected leader, as well as a beloved father, grandfather and uncle. His presence, guidance and humour will be greatly missed.”