MANHATTAN, Kan. — Following nearly 17 total years with AIB International, Stephanie Lopez, vice president of operations, Americas, will be departing the company next month. Lopez has chosen to venture outside the food safety industry and take steps toward what she is calling a “second career.”
“While deciding to pursue a second career has been a difficult decision, I know that now is the right time to challenge myself in pursuing this life goal. I’m departing with confidence that the global AIB International team is up to any future challenges and our customers are in good hands,” said Lopez, who will work through her last day Feb. 5. “I have such gratitude for the many mentors, colleagues and customers who have afforded me the opportunity to grow, learn, travel and build success these past two decades. Together, we’ve been able to equip our customers with knowledge and support the delivery of safe, high-quality food around the world.”
During her nearly two decades with AIB International, Lopez authored The AIB GMP and Prerequisites Guide Book; led the establishment of the wholly owned subsidiary and certification body AIBI-CS and served as its first president; developed numerous seminars and webinars, while teaching several hundred of them; and served as SME for e-learning courses HACCP Online, and AIB’s Food Safety and Sanitation Distance Learning Course.
Within the organization, Jeff Wilson has been promoted from vice president of operations, EAA, into the role of global vice president of operations, where he will be absorbing Lopez’s responsibilities. In this global role, Wilson will help focus the development of key operational initiatives, supporting both AIB’s team and customers, wherever they may be located.
“In my almost 20 years with AIB International, Stephanie has been such an incredible resource and mentor to me and countless others across the organization. She and I collaborated on so many different operations initiatives that we were given the nickname ‘Jeff-anie’ by the team, so I’ll carry fond memories of work together,” said Wilson. “In this new global role, I’ll be working to take our learnings from 2020 and put them into practice, while also focusing on the continuous improvement of our team and their service to customers. Given the composition of the team we have in the Americas, EMEA, APAC, LATAM and China, I know we are up to the task.”
Andre Biane, president and CEO of AIB International, added, “For decades, Stephanie’s work has been highly regarded by our customers and team, highlighted by her many positive contributions to the industry. While we know that her leadership will be missed, we’re also proud to support her in pursuing a life goal and trying something completely new. With Jeff now taking on this Global role, we will maintain continuity with the Operations team and customers, while also broadly implementing our strategy for future growth. I look forward to the beneficial impact his efforts will have with our operations team and how that will translate to even better service quality for our customers around the world.