June 23, 2023


CHICAGO, IL – June 22, 2023 Tilia Holdings, LLC (“Tilia”), a Chicago-based private equity firm focused on investing in the evolving midstream segment of the global food supply chain, announced today that Margaret M. Mueller, Ph.D. has joined the Tilia team as an Operating Partner.

Ms. Mueller’s primary responsibility will be leading the Tilia Innovation Collaboratory, a strategic initiative Tilia has launched to help accelerate safety, nutrition, and sustainability across the broader food ecosystem.  Her Operating Partner role with Tilia will coincide with her full-time role as President and CEO of The Executives’ Club of Chicago.  Ms. Mueller has led the 110-year business leaders association since 2019.

“We are thrilled to have Margaret leading this important initiative on our behalf, especially since Chicago is home to the nation’s largest food and beverage manufacturing industry.  Her unique background in social sciences, executive leadership, and customer driven innovation will help Tilia and our Portfolio Companies better address the evolving challenges within the food ecosystem.” commented Tilia Co-CEO & Managing Partner, Eric Larson.  “Margaret is already helping us scale our impact within the food space.  Her ability to quickly convene a diverse and passionate group of industry experts on a range of food matters has been very helpful.  We look forward to building on this momentum under her leadership,” added Johannes Burlin, Co-CEO & Managing Partner.

“Tilia’s commitment to sustainable value creation in food is very compelling.  Chicago will continue to have a huge influence on the future of food.  Tilia’s Innovation Collaboratory will provide our local industry with a unique opportunity to collaborate on the most pressing issues across the food ecosystem.  I’m honored to help advance this exciting initiative with Tilia,” commented Ms. Mueller. 


Tilia is a Chicago-based private investment firm focused exclusively on making control investments in the evolving “farm-to-fork” segment of the global food supply chain. Tilia partners with growing, middle market companies who provide business services across the food supply chain and support leading, emerging and private-label CPG brands. The firm’s sector focused strategy is a successful approach to investments that spans three decades. Tilia’s deep understanding of operations enables a collaborative partnership approach with management and uniquely positions the firm to scale business service companies in the lower middle market. Through a value creation & governance model emphasizing stewardship, Tilia builds distinctive growth companies that enhance safety, nutrition & sustainability in the food supply chain.  For more information, please visit www.tiliallc.com.