Sheldon Lavin is the chairman and CEO of the OSI Group, the largest food producer in the world. He has worked for this company since 1975 when he joined a partner- he became the third partner. Under his leadership, growth in this company has been robust. OSI has grown from a one-client company into an independent food company with clients from all over the world. The company has also increased its production plants from one to 69 under his leadership.
The decision to make Sheldon Lavin, the chairman and Chief Executive Officer, was reached after the intervention of their main client at the time- the McDonald’s. It prevailed on OSI Industries to have Lavin as the head since he was more experienced with management of the business. Furthermore, they needed a competent hand handling their supplies.
Sheldon Lavin came from the banking sector before joining OSI. His first role with OSI- then known as Otto &Sons was to facilitate capitalization of the firm. OSI Industries was experiencing pressure from the huge demand that was coming from the McDonald’s and needed to do more about its production capacity. It needed to start having its production plants as well as expanding its operations globally.
Lavin was the right person to lead the expansion of the company. He joined as an equal partner in 1975. His would later be left in full control of the company after the other partners left- they were the sons of the founder. Lavin was an expert investment manager and a bank executive and therefore, managing the operations of the company was something he would not struggle with. He was sure that even without the other managers, he would still make the company big.
Sheldon Lavin and OSI Group have been recipients of various awards of excellence. Lavin has in individual capacity received the Global Visionary Award for the accomplishments he has made with OSI Group. The company has won various accolades including the California Green Business Award, Globe of Honour from British Safety Council and Environmental Award from the North America Meat Institute. Most of these awards have been in recognition of the company’s commitment to the protection of the environment and sustainability in production.
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