President and CEO
Anthony Avery (“Tony”) Simmons is the President and CEO of McIlhenny Company, the manufacturers of TABASCO® Brand Pepper Sauce. Mr. Simmons is the great-great grandson of McIlhenny Company founder and TABASCO Original Red Pepper Sauce inventor Edmund McIlhenny. McIlhenny Company has been family owned and operated since its inception, and Mr. Simmons is the seventh member of the McIlhenny family to lead the company.
Mr. Simmons joined McIlhenny Company as Executive Vice President in January of 2000. In 2012 he was promoted to President, and in 2013 he became Chief Executive Officer. Previously, he was elected to membership on the McIlhenny Company Board of Directors in 1998. He is also President and Director of Avery Island, Inc. An active and concerned member of the community and environment, he serves on the board of the America’s Wetland Foundation as well as King Ranch and serves as Chairman of the S Corporation of America Board of Directors.
Prior to joining McIlhenny Company, Mr. Simmons spent 25 years working with and for Manitowoc Cranes. Freshly married and out of college, Mr. Simmons began his career as a Mechanics Helper, but also spent time in service, parts, sales, marketing, and new product development with tours in Texas, Singapore, and North Carolina. From 1993 to 1999 he owned and operated Manitowoc Southeastern, an independent distributor of Manitowoc Cranes based in Charlotte, NC.
Mr. Simmons holds a degree in speech from Loyola University – New Orleans and also attended LSU. He is an avid outdoor sportsman, enjoys fine wine and old cars, and attempts to play golf on his free weekends. Mr. Simmons resides on Avery Island, home of TABASCO and McIlhenny Company, with his wife Jeanie and their golden retriever Moose. He has two children and four grandchildren.