AIB International announced leadership changes that will further secure the organization’s position as an industry leader and create an agile organization focused intently on its growing client base’s needs.
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 contributed to key technical publications.
Wilson will bring a wealth of food safety knowledge and expertise to the global executive leadership team with over 36 years of service in the food industry. Wilson, located in the UK, 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 he will expand AIB International’s global focus.
“The term international isn’t just in our name,” said 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.”
Further, Maureen Olewnik, PhD., 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. Olewnik 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 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 BRC, IFS, SQF, and FSSC.