- Paul C. P. McIlhenny, chairman and chief executive at the family-owned McIlhenny Company, died Saturday at the age of 68 in New Orleans, the company announced.
- McIlhenny was the great-grandson of Tabasco inventor Edmund McIlhenny and joined the company in 1967 before becoming chief executive in 2000.
- He oversaw numerous licensing deals with names such as A1, Spam and Cheez-Its.
From the article:
"... Mr. McIlhenny became chief executive in 2000. During his tenure, the company enjoyed record growth, thanks in part to the introduction of new products, like chipotle, sweet and spicy and Buffalo-style hot sauces and the expansion of a catalog business that sells Tabasco neckties and teddy bears. Mr. McIlhenny also formed licensing deals with the makers of A1 steak sauce, Spam, Cheez-Its and other supermarket staples. ..."