Sheldon Lavin: The Man behind the International Food Company, OSI Group

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Sheldon Lavin is a corporate leader among corporate leaders. Serving as chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, he has led the company to greater heights. Mr. Sheldon Lavin was born in 1932 and has a tertiary education from three universities, namely University of Illinois, Northwestern University and the Royal University.

Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business and majoring in accounting and finance, Mr. Lavin opened his very own financial consulting firm. He would run the firm; Sheldon Lavin and Associates, Incorporated for over fifteen years. His path, however, with OSI Group would cross in 1970 when he worked with Otto & Sons Incorporated, which had preceded OSI Industries.

Under the guidance of Sheldon Lavin, OSI Group, which deals in the production of vegetable, fish, meat, special dough, and poultry, has grown into a multibillion-dollar food processing franchise. In the same leadership, Mr. Lavin oversees OSI’s growth mostly in Europe and Asia. He maintains that the OSI Group’s structure which resembles the family structure is key to its future growth, together with innovation and diversification.

Apart from work, Sheldon’s leadership is appreciated in other areas as he serves as a trustee and the chairman of Ronald McDonald House Charities which provides housing to families with serious illnesses plus other amenities. He has been supportive of these charities for more than 25 years, embracing the family-like structure that OSI Group tries to emulate.

Sheldon Lavin is a strong believer in technology which he sees as a guiding tool to almost all aspects in the future, be it in business or governance. And it is a tool he believes has really helped OSI Group in terms of marketing their products. He even has a team that he tasks in spotting technological trends that may be helpful and which can be incorporated in the company’s future.

Sheldon credits his contract with Otto & Sons as one of the biggest breaks in his career. Saying that at the time, he believed the company to have a lot of potentials which he has helped realize over the years and he still is.

 

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