A remarkable history defines OSI Group’s over 100 years of existence. The business was established in 1909 and has witnessed various changes of the guard at the pinnacle that informs its colossal success so far. The multinational company has 65 locations. With several acquisitions already, Sheldon Lavin plots to keep the company on upward mobility.
A recap of his career trajectory
Owing to his high profile in the meat and processing industry, Sheldon Lavin was the inaugural Chairman and CEO of OSI Group in 1975. What’s more, he was determined to succeed thanks to his experience as a banking executive. Moreover, he doubles up as the current President of OSI International Foods Limited and remains active in the company’s operations.
In 1970, shortly before the rebranding of Otto & Sons into the renowned OSI Group of today, Sheldon came aboard at the onset of exponential growth. Consequently, he became a third partner having equal leverage. When one of the Otto sons sold his interest, Sheldon Lavin became a half partner. Eventually, the remaining son retired; thus, granting him full voting control. Notably, Sheldon’s clear vision and leadership catapulted OSI Group from a domestic food processor to an international powerhouse. Ultimately, India’s Vision World Academy recognized his meticulous efforts; thereby, presenting him with a Global Visionary Award in 2016.
Business milestones at OSI Group
Under the leadership of Lavin, OSI made several strategically planned purchases, acquisitions, and joint ventures. These included a joint venture in 2014 with Pickstock in the UK, an acquisition of Tyson Foods in Chicago, a controlling stake of the Baho Food in the Netherlands, Flagship Europe in the UK, and Hynek Schlachthof slaughterhouse in Germany. Surprisingly, all the acquisitions were made in 2016.
At 85 years, Sheldon Lavin still reserves a soft spot for matters environment. From the onset, it was an issue close to his heart as exhibited by the countless awards under his watch. Lavin is hopeful that promising investors would continue to have an eye keen on the environment and sustainability aspects.
An embodiment of generosity
A feat evasive to many magnates, Sheldon Lavin, has been able to reciprocate back to the community while simultaneously building his company. He creates time for his family and remains committed to beneficence like the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Lavin speaks passionately to inspire upcoming entrepreneurs to provide opportunities for their employees.
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