AIB eyes 'agile organization' with leadership changes

by Eric Schroeder
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MANHATTAN, KAS. — AIB International has unveiled several leadership changes designed to further secure the organization’s position as an industry leader while creating “an agile organization focused intently on its growing client base’s needs.”

Stephanie Lopez

Stephanie Lopez has been named vice-president, food safety services, Americas, with Jeff Wilson taking on the role of vice-president, Europe, Asia and Africa (EAA).

Ms. Lopez has nearly two decades as a food industry leader. Since joining AIB International in July 2000, she has held various roles in inspecting, auditing, education and innovation. Additionally, AIB said Ms. Lopez has stood out as a technical thought leader on emerging food safety issues, has spoken at key industry events and contributed to key technical publications.

Jeff Wilson

Mr. Wilson has more than 36 years of service in the food industry. He most recently was general manager for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region for AIB International. He has operations management, auditing and food safety management experience. In his new role as vice-president for the EAA region his commitment and knowledge will expand AIB International’s global focus.

“The term international isn’t just in our name,” said Andre Biane, president and chief executive officer of AIB International. “To truly succeed in the global marketplace we must adapt to the needs of our clients, as well as the needs of industry.”

Maureen Olewnik, Ph.D.

Maureen Olewnik, Ph.D., has been named principal for industry affairs. In this role, Ms. Olewnik will leverage her industry network and technical expertise as the representative for AIB International through select food safety and baking related industry alliances and associations in helping to establish long-term strategic direction for the organization. She has spent more than 34 years at AIB in various leadership roles, from working as a cereal chemist to leading AIB’s food safety operations.

Alfonso Capuchino

With Ms. Lopez’s departure from AIBI Certification Services, Alfonso Capuchino will step in as general manager. AIBI-CS offers multiple GFSI audit schemes and is a separate wholly owned and operated, subsidiary of AIB. Mr. Capuchino has more than 25 years of industry experience as a food and beverage technical manager, and lead auditor in BRC, IFS, SQF, and FSSC. Since joining AIB International in 2015 as a senior director of certification services, he has led growth in the area of certification.

“These leadership changes position us to not only better serve the global needs of our clients, but to be more competitive and continue our legacy of ensuring safety quality food worldwide,” Mr. Biane said.

AIB International has offices across the globe and serves more than 120 countries, all with the same central mission: to empower the global food industry to elevate their food safety and production process capabilities.
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