Nick Tillmann

Nick Tillmann

Business Sales | Energy | General Business Facilitator | Management | Strategic Planning

Nick Tillmann brings wide ranging domestic and international business experience, including strategic and tactical planning, alliances and joint ventures, startups, turnarounds, government relations and multi-disciplinary teams.  In 2007, Nick founded Octopus International LLC, a consulting company specializing in strategic and operational planning as well as international business development.  Recent engagements include the start-up of a pharmaceutical research business in the US and the Middle East.

Prior to founding Octopus International Nick spent more than 25 years with ConocoPhillips, a global integrated energy company, where his record includes leadership of diverse international businesses with significant P&L responsibility, turnarounds, start-ups, emerging markets and strategic planning.  Following the merger of Conoco Inc. and Phillips Petroleum in 2002, Nick reorganized and managed the company’s calcined petroleum coke business, a $500 million global business unit with manufacturing in the US, Europe and Asia.  He increased global revenue by 15% and doubled the earnings of a problem joint venture within two years, facilitating the successful sale of the JV.  Previously, he led the strategy management process for Conoco’s European businesses, developed unique strategy evaluation tools, and carried out strategic and operational reviews of several of Conoco’s businesses, resulting in sustained improvements in revenues and profits in several markets.  Earlier, he served as Managing Director, DuPont Conoco Poland, starting from scratch the company’s business in Poland immediately after the fall of communism and building the leading retail fuel and convenience store network in the country. Other roles with Conoco Inc. included international crude oil supply operations, lubricants and the development and commercialization of technology-based specialty products such as flow improvers, advanced separation systems and carbon products.

Nick has lived and worked in the US, Austria, Ireland, Poland, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom and has led business development projects in the US, Europe, South America and the Middle East.   He speaks German and Polish, and has a working knowledge of Czech and Spanish.  Nick earned a Master of International Management degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA in Political Science and German from The University of Illinois at Chicago.


  • Business Sales
  • Energy
  • General Business Facilitator
  • Management
  • Strategic Planning

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