AVERY ISLAND, LA, May 1, 2013 – Anthony “Tony” Simmons has been elected Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Directors of McIlhenny Company, maker of TABASCO® brand products. He will also serve as interim Chairman of the Board until an independent chairman is selected. A great-great-grandson of Edmund McIlhenny, the creator of TABASCO® Sauce, Mr. Simmons is a member of the fifth generation of the McIlhenny family involved in the production of TABASCO® Sauce and is the seventh family member to assume company leadership. McIlhenny Company is family owned and operated.
Currently serving as President, Mr. Simmons succeeds Paul C.P. McIlhenny, who passed away on February 23, 2013. Mr. Simmons joined the Board in 1998 and was elected Executive Vice President in 2000 and President in 2012. Prior to accepting the position with McIlhenny Company, Mr. Simmons was President and CEO of Manitowoc Southeastern, an independent crane distributor located in the Southeast.
A native of New Orleans, Mr. Simmons holds a degree in speech from Loyola University in New Orleans. An avid golfer and outdoor sportsman, he is also a fine wine enthusiast and aficionado of classic automobiles. Mr. Simmons and his wife Jeanie have a son and daughter and welcomed their first grandchild late last year.
McIlhenny Company produces TABASCO® brand products, which are sold in more than 165 countries and territories around the world and labeled in 22 languages and dialects. The 145-year-old company makes a line of pepper sauces, including its world-famous TABASCO® Original Red Sauce, Green Jalapeño Sauce, Chipotle Sauce, SWEET & Spicy Sauce, Habanero Sauce, Garlic Pepper Sauce and the newest addition, Buffalo Style Hot Sauce.