BELGIUM, January 29, 2015 - CHILI Publish, the creator of powerful online document editing, layout, and 3D visualization software, has appointed three new team members to support its substantial growth. On the heels of being recognized as the “Most Promising Young Company in Belgium”, CHILI Publish names Jeffrey Cheal as senior pre-sales engineer and representative for customers in North and Latin America; Erika Verleysen as worldwide service manager; and Peter Waelkens to the position of product specialist.
Chief Operating Officer Bram Verniest says there are more appointments on the horizon.
“We’re attracting the brightest and most talented, well-connected people in the industry, such as Jeff, Erika and Peter,” Verniest says. “During their interviews and our subsequent conversations, all three said that they are hearing the ‘buzz’ that CHILI Publisher is a game-changer, and that there hasn’t been anything this exciting in production software in over a decade.
“It’s a message moving quickly among the most respected brand owners, agencies, production organizations and vendors - many, such as Esko and XMPie, who have become our partners.”
The company’s flagship product, CHILI Publisher, is seen by customers and partners as the hottest online document editor on the market today. Called a game-changer by experts in the dynamic publishing technology segment, CHILI Publisher offers more than 150 editing, layout, and design tools that can be used with a variety of document formats, including PDF, XML, Collada, and those imported from Adobe® InDesign®.
The professional-level CHILI Publisher solution integrates with a broad range of workflows and production platforms. System integrators can choose how to incorporate CHILI Publisher software within any workflows and applications, such as web-to-print, magazine publishing, packaging, brand management, and yearbooks. CHILI Publisher is distributed by a broad and growing portfolio of well-known partners around the world.
“Momentum is strong, demand is strong, and so we have been booked solid with customer meetings, webinars, training events, and other activities through the first half of the year,” Verniest says. “With Jeff, Erika, and Peter on board, we hope to go back to invitations we had to decline, and add them to the calendar.”
One of the first places CHILI Publish customers and partners will have the chance to meet Jeff, Erika, and Peter will be at the company’s SpicyTalks Best Practices and Training event in Bruges, on February 12.
Jeffrey Cheal, Senior Pre-Sales Engineer
With extensive experience working with designers and agencies as a project manager and in Digital Ad Sales, Jeff joins the CHILI Publish team as Senior Pre-Sales Engineer. In this role, he is responsible for the growth of the CHILI Publish brand in the United States and South America. He serves as the primary contact for US customers, and is integral to pre-sales (e.g., demonstrations).
Jeff says, “CHILI Publish is a growing business with an amazing team, and they are bringing a fantastic product to a market craving true innovation and high quality tools to help grow success. I’m excited for the opportunity to be a brand ambassador in markets with unlimited potential for growth.”
Erika Verleysen, Service Manager
Erika Verleysen has been named Service Manager, overseeing all CHILI Publish service. This includes responsibility for all team members and application specialists involved in post-sales activities, such as support and training. Erika previously worked at HP, where she was responsible for service delivery management for government organizations.
Peter Waelkens, Product Specialist
A critical part of the service team, Peter Waelkens has joined CHILI Publish as Product Specialist. In this capacity, Peter works with support, training, and pre-sales initiatives. He has an extensive technical background in graphics, with a keen interest and specialization in process optimization and color management. Peter previously worked at the Sint-Lukas Brussels University in graphic design/advertising; and at Roland DG, where he was responsible for business development in the graphics and textile division.
 Awarded by UNIZO as Belgium’s “Most Promising SMB” in November 2014. See press release issued 11/24/14.