Biography of Rip Tilden, Chair
Rip Tilden joined Makarios Consulting as a partner in 2009, bringing with him more than 35 years of leadership experience as a senior executive in a wide range of public and private companies. He is highly regarded as an effective team builder and leader with a proven ability to lead change, grow organizations and deliver strong results in intensely competitive industries.
Mr. Tilden is the practice leader for Makarios’s strategy and execution practices and is actively engaged in coaching leaders in business, higher education, and in the non-profit arena. He works with a wide range of private and public companies and non-profit organizations to help them clarify their strategic direction, drive successful execution of their growth plans, and build healthy and effective leadership teams to sustain strong performance. He serves as a coach to business owners, senior corporate executives, and leaders of charitable organizations to help them build high performing teams.
Mr. Tilden is also a project faculty member at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he works with MBA students on international strategy and marketing projects and with leadership teams of international companies to help them strengthen their leadership effectiveness, sharpen their business strategies, and execute to deliver superior results.
He has led organizations with business operations throughout the United States and with strong customer footprints in Europe and Asia. Mr. Tilden is known for integrity, outstanding communications skills, and a consistent record of successfully executing strategic vision to grow enterprise value.
During the past 15 years, Mr. Tilden has held senior leadership roles in three Philadelphia area companies. From 1994—1996, he was a senior executive with Alco Standard (now known as Ricoh Office Solutions). He then joined InterDigital Communications, where he was a member of the senior executive team of that King of Prussia-based wireless technology developer for 10 years. He served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer from 2001—2005. During those years, the NASDAQ listed company quintupled its market value. More recently, he led a multi-million dollar fitness and wellness business in the Philadelphia region as its general manager, working with the leadership team to double the business’s earnings.
Passionate about community service, Mr. Tilden served for 11 years as the President of the Berwyn, PA, fire company and currently serves as Chair of the Board of the YMCA of the Upper Main Line and Treasurer of the MidAtlantic Employers Association. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from DePauw University in 1975 and his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1982.