How Sheldon Lavin Grew OSI Group Into A Global Company

Sheldon Lavin is the owner of OSI Group, Inc. Serving as the company’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since the 1970’s, he is responsible for the global expansion of this food processing company. He is extensively involved in the operations of the company which when he took over was mainly just one of McDonald’s main meat suppliers. His company’s food is now found around the world in many restaurants. They also make food that is sold in grocery stores under private labels.

Sheldon Lavin was originally in the financing industry. He came to know about OSI Group, then known as Otto & Sons, when he was brought in to handle the details of a loan the company was seeking to expand its operations. Having completed this deal, Lavin came back to the company a few years later when he purchased a portion of the company and became its top executive.

Starting in the 1980’s, Lavin expanded OSI Group’s presence in Europe. He started expanding into Asia starting in the early 1990’s. They have expanded their operations over the years in two ways. First, they have grown organically by building facilities to process food in. The other way has been through acquiring other companies in the industry.

Since Sheldon Lavin has been running OSI Group his company has been given a number of sustainability and environmental awards. Among this long list is the Globe of Honour given to his company in the UK, as well as the California Green Business Award. For animal welfare they have received awards in Europe, the United States, and China.

One of the countries that OSI Group does business in is India. In March 2016 Sheldon Lavin was presented with the Global Visionary Award. This was given by Vision World Academy, an organization in India that recognizes business leaders who have succeeded through persistence and perseverance. The award was to recognize his achievement is taking what at the time was small domestic company into one that operates over 70 locations in 17 different countries, including India.

One of the ways that Sheldon Lavin has developed the culture at OSI Group is to run it more like a family business than as a unpersonalised corporate behemoth. He has said that he regards the team at OSI Group as his family and it has been a great way of doing business over the years.

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