American Institute of Baking Selects New Board Members

Manhattan, KS - Nov. 12, 2019 - As AIB International continues its evolution to meet the current and future needs of the global food supply chain, four new board members have been selected to join the board of its parent company, the American Institute of Baking (AIB).

“The addition of these four new board members provides us a wealth of experience that will help guide and support not only our evolution, but the expansion of our expertise in markets like China, Asia Pacific, Africa and elsewhere,” said Andre Biane, AIB International’s President and CEO.

“Each of our board members have been chosen based on their industry experience and functional expertise.

"I believe this board will continue to encourage us to be strategic, entrepreneurial and responsive to the needs of the industry.”

The four new members of the AIB Board of Trustees are:

  • Thomas Benner, President & CEO, Lasaffre Corporation/Red Star Yeast Company
  • Michael Connolly, Senior Director – Snacks R&D, Campbell Snacks
  • Jo Anne Gabbert, President, JAG Portfolio Services
  • Gary Mawby, VP Supply Chain, The Bama Companies Inc.

These four new board members join an esteemed group of industry leaders, including:

  • Bradley T. Allen, President and General Manager, PHM Brands, Chairman
  • Brian T. Dwyer, VP Manufacturing Operations, Kroger Company, Vice Chairman
  • Judy Abrams, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Gateway Region YMCA
  • Mahirwan Bhagia, Senior Director – Global Governance & Compliance, Food Safety & Quality Assurance, PepsiCo Inc.
  • Greg Boyd, SVP of Supply Chain, Flowers Food, Inc.
  • Jeff Dearduff, President and CEO, Gold Standard Baking
  • Todd Larson, Vice President, Operations, Henningsen Cold Storage Co.
  • Mike Leikam, President and CEO, Centralized Supply Chain Services, LLC
  • Rick McGrath, Partner, Lockton Companies
  • Dr. John Morris, Associate Professor, Department of Accounting, Kansas State University
  • Pat Murphy, Director, Supply Chain Leaders – C&F, General Mills, Inc.
  • Campbell Williams, Vice President, BCW Food Products Inc.
  • Lucy Williams, CFP, Vice President and Trust Officer, The Trust Company
  • Jorge Zarate, GB Global Operations, Logistics and Engineering, Senior Vice President, Grupo Bimbo
  • Andre R. Biane, President and CEO, AIB International
  • Thomas E. Ogle, CFO, AIB International, Secretary/Treasurer

The operational intent of the American Institute of Baking is to support the global food and beverage industry and its supply chain to elevate food safety systems and to improve the commercial production of grain-based foods.

This intent is then executed upon through work done by AIB International.

New board members were also selected for the AIB International Certification Service, which you can see here.

For more information, please contact Mark Crouser at 816-582-8839 or