Tilia Labs expands with key appointments

Tilia Labs (Ottawa, Ontario), a leading developer of planning, imposition and artificially intelligent automation software solutions for the printing and graphic arts industries, has launched 2019 by adding two new executives to support its global growth and expansion. The appointments will help Tilia meet rising demand for its AI-driven planning and imposition solutions across the entire printing and packaging industries – including labels, cartons, flexible packaging, corrugated, commercial print, signs and wide-format. Joining Tilia Labs are George Folickman and Tyler Thompson, who both bring extensive experience in enterprise sales and technical consulting and support, particularly in relation to business systems integration and implementation.

Joining Tilia Labs are Tyler Thompson (left) and George Folickman.

With a track record in supplying solutions for packaging printers and converters, Folickman was most recently Director of Business Development, Digital Finishing for Esko. In this role he focused on emerging technologies and opportunities to boost productivity and profitability across finishing processes in the printing and packaging supply chain. Joining Tilia Labs as Director of Sales covering North America, Folickman’s experience “is a timely addition to the company as it continues to develop strategic industry partnerships and broaden its portfolio to include intelligent planning and decision-making for downstream finishing activities.”

Thompson combines a deep knowledge of the printing and packaging industry and computer science with a focus on web application development, a direction Tilia Labs is moving in with its award-winning AI planning and nesting algorithms. Thompson holds a M.Sc. Degree in Information and Communication Technology and has both taught and studied at Clemson University, where he earned his B.Sc. degree in Printing and Packaging. Thompson’s extensive experience in developing tailored software solutions and services for a variety of printers and converters stems from his previous seven-year tenure with Esko in Applications Engineering and Sales Account Management roles. He joins Tilia Labs in the position of Solutions Director with special responsibilities for North America.

Sagen de Jonge.

According to Sagen de Jonge, CEO of Tilia Labs, sales inquiries have risen sharply in the last year, as more and more print providers realize human planning is a bottleneck in the increasingly personalized and short-run print environment. “North America continues to be a high growth market for Tilia Labs, so hiring key talent is essential to meeting our ambitious growth targets,” de Jonge explained. “Tyler and George understand global sales, go-to-market strategies and customer satisfaction profoundly, and they both  have a proven track record of driving efficiencies for customers through innovative technology. They come on board with a wealth of specialist knowledge, they’re highly motivated and they’re very enthusiastic about the potential of our solutions to revolutionize the way companies work. More than anything, they share our passion for technology and our vision for the future of the industry with software automation. We’re thrilled that they’ve joined the team at the perfect time to help spearhead Tilia Labs’ international sales and operational expansion, and we know our customers and partners will benefit immensely.”



Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.