Gary Skrdlant, AIB International’s vice president of finance and administration, will retire from his role after more than three decades with the company.
“Gary has been an invaluable member of the AIB executive team for many years,” says Andre Biane, president and CEO. “After 32 years of loyal and dedicated service to AIB, we are all going to miss his leadership, particularly on the international stage.”
Since joining AIB International in November 1982, Skrdlant has held multiple finance-related positions, including 19 years as AIB’s controller. He was a key player in establishing AIB’s regional offices in Leatherhead, UK; Shanghai; and Querétaro, Mexico. Most recently, he spearheaded negotiations with Beijing Sino-Swiss ADC Service Co. Ltd. (SSADC) in China, resulting in the joint venture, and established AIBI Certification Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary that is the certification body for AIB’s Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) auditing capabilities. He also led the creation of AIB International Inc. when it spun off of the nonprofit AIB in 1996.
“Without Gary’s attention to detail and deep knowledge of the financial and legal processes involved in doing business internationally, AIB International wouldn’t be serving the 126 countries it does today,” Biane says.
In addition, Skrdlant is credited with developing the finance department into a solid base from which AIB International can continue to grow. He also established AIB’s information and technology operations.
“Gary has had a good eye for spotting talent with new hires over the past few years,” Biane says. “That has really improved our finance, accounting, facilities, IT and people process functions.”
As vice president of finance and administration, Skrdlant has been one of only two executive officers to serve AIB International’s board of trustees and the Baking Industry Sanitation Standards Committee (BISSC) board of directors. He also served as president and CEO of AIBI Certification Services.
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