Andre Biane joined AIB as President and CEO in March 2013. Biane’s business knowledge comes from more than 30 years in executive and consulting roles with small to large companies. He successfully led research and development teams that developed and commercialized new products, which helped brands like Sara Lee Bakery to exceed $1 billion in annual sales. He instituted quality and productivity programs at Sara Lee Bakery, the Earthgrains Company, and Anheuser-Busch, that generated millions annually in profit improvement. He led efforts at Quaker Foods and JM Smucker’s to help their research and development organizations become high performance enterprises. Biane’s managerial engagements have also fine-tuned his expertise in financial planning, market analysis, talent development, and strategic planning.
Biane is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Institute of Food Technology. He also serves on the business advisory committee for Central New Mexico College, is a certified advisor for the Organization of Entrepreneurial Development, is a council member for Gerson Lehrman Group, and recently joined Kansas State University’s Executive Mentor program for students. He previously served seven years as an AIB Board of Trustees member.
Other industry contributions include co-chairing the American Bakers Association Biotech Subcommittee, which designed and analyzed consumer research that led to a white paper on agriculture biotechnology adopted by the baking industry.
Upon graduating from the University of California at Davis with a bachelor’s degree in fermentation science, he continued his education at the University of Michigan, earning a master’s in business administration.
One-on-One with Andre Biane
What is your long-term vision for AIB and how does your personal business philosophy play into that vision?
I envision growing AIB as a globally-recognized and leading professional services organization that thrives because of our customers, our people, and our passion for excellence. We’ll achieve this by creating and delivering value-added services for our customers and not making trade-offs along the way.
How do you describe your leadership style and personal business philosophy?
The keys to success are being open and honest, relaying a consistent message, challenging objectively, respecting individuals, and, most importantly, having fun! Life is too short to be all work and no play. I hope that my time at AIB will make this an exciting and desirable place for employment.
How do you show leadership outside the office?
In addition to the various professional organizations that I contribute to, I have recently become a student mentor for Kansas State University’s Executive Mentor program.
What do you do when you’re not working?
I have several hobbies. I love the outdoors, especially biking, hiking, fishing, and hunting. I am also a wine enthusiast and a Labrador retriever lover as I have two black labs. I also love to watch ice hockey, especially the University of Michigan Wolverines. Go blue!