Sheldon Lavin is a top executive in the meat and food processing industry, and the brains behind the success of the OSI Group. He has overseen the expansion of the group internationally with the recent acquisition of companies such as Flagship Europe and Baho Food. Lavin’s ambition is to spread modern techniques of food processing into other countries around the globe.
Sheldon Lavin, Chairman And CEO Of OSI Group, LLC first ventured into the meat industry 43 years ago after having a successful career as a banker and consultant. He rose through the ranks to become the chief executive officer of the OSI Group, and grew the company to an international level. For instance, the OSI group supplies, food products to consumers around the world, and the company has an international labor force of 20,000 personnel. Apart from international success, the OSI Group also brags of minimal employee turnover. The CEO attributes this achievement to the family culture the company embraces that guarantees the longevity of employees.
Sheldon Lavin joined the OSI Group in 1970 after he organized a fundraiser for the company that was known as Otto & Sons at the time. In 1975, he assisted the company to secure investments abroad, and this made the two sons to make him a partner after the retirement of their father. Later, Sheldon agreed to work for the company full time, because he liked the strategy and the business culture of the firm.
The journey to grow the OSI group to an international company started in the 1970s, when the company spread throughout the U.S and Europe. The company later opened in South America and Taiwan in the 1980s. The company expanded to venture into the Philippines, South Africa, Japan, China, and Australia. When this expansion was completed, Sheldon had 100 percent voting control of the company. As we speak, the OSI Group boasts of over 60 facilities located in 16 countries. Apart from being a very successful CEO, Sheldon is also a renowned philanthropist who has been involved in numerous charities that include the Jewish United Fund, McDonald House Charities, and the Evans Scholarship Funds.
Sheldon Lavin’s success in building the OSI group to a multinational company has been noticed. In February 2016, he received the Global Visionary Award from the India’s Vision World. This organization awards people who have achieved great heights of success through persistent and hard work. Moreover, the OSI Group has been awarded the British Safety Council award that recognizes companies that have adopted measures to lower environmental pollution.