Lance Reeve has been named director of food safety services innovation at AIB International, Manhattan, KS. He replaces Stephanie Lopez, who was recently promoted to president of AIBI certification services.

In his new role, Reeve is part of a global executive leadership team providing research in emerging food-safety issues, speaking at key industry events and contributing to technical publications. On a day-to-day basis, he oversees new product development, facilitates cross-functional team participation and monitors breaking food safety advancements or failures.

“One of the key functions of the Innovation group is to be on the leading edge of new trends, including regulatory changes, scientific breakthroughs, best practices and consumer-driven developments,” says Andre Biane, AIB president and CEO. “Our aim is to identify areas where the food and beverage industry needs support, and develop products and services that help them meet their new challenges.

“In a short period of time, Lance has demonstrated strong leadership and set priorities for 2015. He has also cross-functionally aligned priorities and resources within the organization. As director, innovation, his role will also expand to include innovation for Baking and Food Technical Services.”

Reeve joined AIB International in 1994 and has held a variety of roles, including food-safety auditor, project coordinator, director of food defense and most recently global innovation manager. He is recognized in the global food industry as a leading food defense expert and as an enthusiastic trainer.