CARROLLTON, TEXAS — Cristin Illes Kahale has been named chief executive officer at Illes Foods, a family-owned and operated seasoning, sauce and beverage flavor manufacturer.
Ms. Kahale is a fourth-generation member of the Illes Family. She held several roles since joining the business in 2007. Most recently she was vice-president of administration, where she led the company’s human resources, customer service and I.T. teams.
She succeeds Rick Illes, who took over as c.e.o. and principal owner in 1989. Mr. Illes will remain with the company as board chair, assisting with special projects in an advisory capacity.
“I’m very proud of all the work Cristin has put in during this transition and I continue to be deeply impressed with her drive and involvement in our new strategic direction,” he said. “I have no doubt that Cristin’s passion for the business and dedication to the mission and the team will usher in a very bright future for the company.”