AIB International, Manhattan, KS, today announced several leadership changes.
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).
Lopez has nearly two decades as a food industry leader. Since joining AIB International, she has held various roles in inspecting, auditing, education and innovation. Additionally, she has stood out as a technical thought leader on emerging food-safety issues, has spoken at key industry events, and has contributed to key technical publications.
Wilson will bring a wealth of food-safety knowledge and expertise to the global executive leadership team with more than 36 years of service in the food industry. Located in the United Kingdom, he most currently served as 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,” says Andre Biane, president and CEO 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.”
To this end, Maureen Olewnik, Ph.D., will become principal, industry affairs. In this role, 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 more than 34 years with AIB in various leadership roles, from working as a cereal chemist to leading AIB’s food-safety operations. Her knowledge and expertise is recognized by many national and international industry leaders.
With Lopez’s departure from AIBI Certification Services, Alfonso Capuchino will step in as general manager. AIBI-CS offers multiple Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) audit schemes and is a separate, wholly-owned and -operated subsidiary of AIB. Capuchino has more than 25 years of industry experience as a food and beverage technical manager, and lead auditor in British Retail Consortium (BRC), International Food Standard (IFS), Safe Quality Food (SQF) and Food Safety System Certification (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,” Biane says.
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