Sheldon Lavin is a household name in the meat industry. As the Chief Executive Officer of OSI, undoubtedly the largest meat company in the US, Mr. Lavin has vast experience having served in the company for the more than four decades. A financial professional by training, Sheldon Lavin has brought great successes to OSI group since joining. Sheldon joined OSI in 1970, and at that time, he was still an employee of a financial institution.
At the time, OSI, which was known as Otto and Sons, was in search of funding. While he wasn’t thrilled by the idea at first, he gradually accepted the offer but under the condition that he be given the same leverage as other Otto and Sons members. Mr. Lavin’s involvement with the business increased, and he started looking for investments across the borders. Later on, he was asked to join the company on a full-time basis, to which he agreed. Achievements He pioneered the expansion of OSI Group to beyond American borders, and under his tutelage, the company opened branches in North America, South Africa, Taiwan and Europe. In early 80’s one of the company’s partners sold his shares to Lavin after he decided to quit, and this enabled Lavin to own controlling interest. The other partner retired, leaving Lavin as the company’s sole owner. Now free to do as he wanted Lavin set out to make OSI even bigger.
Decades later and Lavin is still pursuing the growth of the firm. This is in spite of the fact that the company has opened branches in China, Japan, Australia, India, and the Philippines. To date, OSI Group and the McDonalds have surrounded the globe and exported cultures to foreign lands. In fact, OSI Group is today among the most prominent protein suppliers in the whole world. It has more than 55 facilities in 16 countries. Awards Sheldon’s work has not gone unnoticed. He has been the recipient of several top awards including the Global Visionary Award that he received from India’s Vision World Academy in February 2016. He was awarded this in recognition to his outstanding achievement in positioning the OSI Group on the international platform.
OSI Group has also won many top awards since Lavin became its CEO. The awards include those for health management, safety risks, and environmental management. One of these awards was the 2016 Globe of Honor awarded by the British Safety Council. This was in recognition of the strategies it had put in place to manage risks. The company was also honored by an environmental award on November 25th, 2016.
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