Sheldon Lavin is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of OSI Group. OSI has its headquarters in Illinois. The firm specializes in processing meat. Mr. Lavin has been proudly in the food processing sector for close to five decades. For his education background, Sheldon has a degree in Accounting and Finance and have served in the financial consultancy docket in the past. Still, Sheldon has worked in the banking industry.
Sheldon joined OSI in the 1970’s when OSI was still a small –sized company and was called Otto & Sons at that time. Sheldon joined Otto & Sons to assist them obtain funding and the bank requested him to join the shareholding of the company. Around 1975, Lavin was interested with the company’s operations when it was seeking investments from abroad. At that time, Lavin became a partner of Otto & Sons.
Still in the 1970s, OSI started its expansion strategy and it set up operations throughout America and in Europe. In the 1980s, one of OSI’s partners retired from business and the other sold all his shares to Sheldon leaving him with all the controlling interests and sole owner of OSI. As OSI’s head, Sheldon had the vision of making the company a leading meat distribution and processing company globally. Sheldon’s strategy has seen OSI open new plants globally in areas like South Africa, Taiwan, Australia, Philippines, and China among many other countries. Nowadays, OSI is among the most reputable protein suppliers worldwide. Under Sheldon’s reign, OSI operates more than 70 facilities in 17 states.
In an interview with Ceocfointerviews, Sheldon outlines some of the top aspects that have assisted the company grow from being a small-sized firm into being a global giant. One of the things is that OSI encourages entrepreneurial spirit over the years. Also, innovation is another key success secret behind OSI’s tremendous growth.
Under Sheldon’s enterprising and innovative stewardship reign, OSI has acquired successfully many firms to enhance its growth and expansion. Among the greatest acquisition is Baho Foods which is based in Netherlands. The company deals with meat and food production and has been fundamental in the successful entry of OSI into the European markets.
On 20th February 2016, from India Vision World Academy, Sheldon received the coveted Global Visionary Award. The award shows leaders who have been consistent in accomplishing their firm’s goals. The foundation honored Lavin for transforming the small food company into a multi-billion and global food processing company.