Sheldon Lavin Diligently Serves as the CEO of OSI Group

For an organization to prosper accordingly, good governance matters a lot. Well, one organization that has benefited from proper leadership is OSI Group. As for OSI Group, this is an organization that has earned a positive reputation as a global leader in the food processing sector. Far from that, it is good to applaud the efforts of Sheldon Lavin who has been the CEO of OSI Group for four decades in counting.

Background Information

As much as the OSI group is currently operating globally, the organization was once a butcher shop that was under the management of Otto Kolschowsky. Well, Otto Kolschowsky was once a German immigrant who settled in America. Otto was just one among many more immigrants who settled in Chicago, Illinois. The population of the immigrants led to the formation of a new community in Chicago. Since the community was eventually coping with the new environment, Otto carried out a pilot study and saw it fit to engage in the meat industry.

Otto opened up a butcher shop, and with time the business was growing exponentially. After some time, Otto even established a branch to his shop in Maywood. Since Otto had two sons, he saw it fit to work with them thereby turning his business into a family enterprise. The sons of Otto were able to grasp the many basics within the food processing industry, and with time, they were fit enough to carry on by themselves.

Additional Information

When Otto decided to work hand in hand with his sons, he rebranded the business to Otto & Sons. Under the leadership of his two sons, the organization was prospering accordingly. Nevertheless, since the company was the major supplier of meat products to the McDonald’s restaurant, they had to expand by building more food processing plants among other things. The expansion was mandatory since the McDonald’s entity was developing fast and Otto & Sons had to meet the enormous demand for meat products.

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There came a time that Otto & Sons were in need of finances that would help them to complete the construction of a particular food processing plant that would serve the McDonald’s restaurant. Well, in this time of need, Sheldon Lavin came to the aid of Otto & Sons. Since Sheldon Lavin was well knowledgeable about finance, his assistance came in handy since Otto & Sons were able to access the funds that they needed. All these occurrences took place in the 1970’s, and Sheldon Lavin eventually got appointed as the CEO of the company since the sons of Otto Kolschowsky were fast approaching their retirement age. Under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin, the organization came to be known as OSI Group.

Sheldon Lavin Spearheading the Growth of OSI Group

Since it was established, OSI Group has been an epitome of growth in the food industry. The company had a very humble beginning. It all started as a retail meat market in Chicago, Illinois. It would only take a visionary individual like Otto Kolschowsky to envision a world meat supplier from the small company he had created. The company was rebranded as Otto & Sons back in the year 1928. Consequently, the company exhibited unfathomable growth.

The growth of Otto & Sons had outdone the expectation of its founder. As a way of rebranding and incorporating technology into the business, Otto & Sons became OSI Group. The company had previously been a family led business. With the need to expand its scope, OSI Group needed a different leadership, not forgetting that the Otto Sons were nearing their retirement age. Sheldon Lavin became the chief executive officer of OSI Group in the year 1975. He has remained in this position to date and has seen the company’s transition.

In the consequent years, OSI grew substantially to reach out to more customers across the globe. It opened branches and affiliate companies in different countries such as Brazil, Hungary, Poland, Mexico as well as Austria. All the expansion is as a result of the strategies that Sheldon Lavin has put in place. As at the moment, OSI Group is present in over 17 countries across the globe and intends to open even more branches.

Under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin, OSI Group acquired the Tyson plant. This was aimed at improving the company’s production in North America. A year later, a former primary supplier of food in the United Kingdom, Flagship Europe was bought. This way, OSI Group cemented its presence in Europe. The facility was later rebranded to Creative Foods Europe.

The contribution of Sheldon Lavin to the overall growth of OSI Group has not gone unnoticed. He was accorded h prestigious Global Visionary Award in the year 2016. To get this award, an individual must have made it big in his/ business, and show lots of perseverance in the course of achieving his/ her goals. Sheldon Deserved this Award.