Harold Osborn Named Senior Vice President


Avery Island, LA, February 24, 2012 – Anthony “Tony” Simmons, previously Executive Vice President of McIlhenny Company, has been named President and Chief Operating Officer of the company. A great-great-grandson of Edmund McIlhenny, the creator of Tabasco® brand pepper 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 the presidency. The company is family owned and operated.

Paul C.P. McIlhenny has been elected Chairman of the Board of McIlhenny Company by the Board of Directors. Mr. McIlhenny will also maintain his role as Chief Executive Officer of the company, a position he has held since 2000. Mr. McIlhenny succeeds Edward “Ned” McIlhenny Simmons, who retired as Chairman of the Board on December 31, 2011. Paul is a member of the fourth generation of McIlhennys involved in the Tabasco sauce production. One of Mr. McIlhenny’s most significant achievements during his 14-year tenure as President of the company was the creation of a successful senior management team. This team includes his two cousins, Tony Simmons and Harold Osborn, whom he hired to begin working in the family business in 1999.

Harold “Took” Osborn has been named Senior Vice President of McIlhenny Company after serving as Vice President of Agricultural Operations and Chief Sustainability Officer. Mr. Osborn is a member of the fifth generation of the McIlhenny family involved in the company.

“It’s an exciting time for the company and the McIlhenny family,” said Paul McIlhenny, CEO and Chairman of the Board. “We look forward to continued success under this family leadership team.”


About McIlhenny Company

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 144-year-old company makes a line of pepper sauces, including its world-famous original red Tabasco brand Pepper Sauce, Green Jalapeño Pepper Sauce, Chipotle Pepper Sauce, SWEET & Spicy Pepper Sauce, Habanero Sauce, Garlic Pepper Sauce and the newest addition, Buffalo Style Hot Sauce.


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