How Sheldon Lavin built a name in the field industry despite having background training in FinanceJune 14, 2018 - Author: steph
Sheldon Lavin, the CEO of OSI Group joined the meat industry 43 years ago after having a successful career in banking sector. The CEO also owned a consulting firm before Sheldon Lavin joining OSI Group. He has and continues to play a major role in promoting the expansion of the company into the international markets. Under his leadership, OSI group has recently acquired several companies like the Flagship Europe and Baho Food. Through these acquisitions, Sheldon Lavin hopes that their company will bring their modern food processing to the new countries.
Sheldon has succeeded in converting the organization into the international food suppliers it is now. The CEO first joined the meat industry around 43 years ago when the corporation was known as Otto & Sons where he served as the finance officer. He was among the key players when the Otto & Sons sought to invest abroad. During this period, Sheldon Lavin along other two sons was appointed as partners after their father retired. Later, Sheldon made a decision to join the company on a full-time basis. The decision was arrived at after being impressed by the firm’s business culture and the strategies employed by the company.
The OSI Group has over 20,000 staff located in various parts of the globe in more than 65 food processing facilities that they manage in seventeen countries. The company has low employee turnover due to the advantages of corporate family-oriented culture that ensures the long stay of the workers. In 1970, the company embarked on the quest to invest in international specifically in Europe and North America. By the year 1980, the company had entered the markets in South America and Taiwan. Later, the company opened up branches in Australia, South Africa, Philippines, Japan, and China. With these expansions, Sheldon Lavin had achieved 100 percent of the firm’s voting control. The OSI Group as per now has over 60 facilities in around 16 nations in all continents. OSI’s Sheldon Lavin receives Global Visionary Award.
The CEO is a very active philanthropist who is involved in various charities such as Jewish United Fund, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, and Evans Scholarship Fund among many others. Under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin, the OSI Group has won vital awards such as the Globe of Honor Award presented to the group by the British Safety Council. The CEO has also won awards with the recently won being the Global Visionary Award awarded to him by India’s Vision World Academy.
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