Without a doubt, good leadership plays a pivotal role in the success of a company. All that a business venture is today is as a result of the direction chosen in directing the course of business. Besides, a business short on capital is likely to survive on borrowed capital. But a business short on leadership will definitely fail. For OSI Group Sheldon Lavin has been an excellent leader, always guiding the path of the organization towards success.
OSI Group started out as a local food provider during the immigrant’s era in America. At that moment, Otto Kolschowsky was a member of the German –immigrant community, a population that made a quarter of Chicago. He thriving city was also an entry point for the new immigrants who wanted to own farms on the plains. When Otto and his sons started the business, he did not expect to attract thousands of clients from the locality. With time, more consumers turned to his butcher for meat and animal protein. Seeing that the demand surpassed the supply, he decided to expand his business but needed the input of a finance executive who turned out to be Sheldon Lavin.
Becoming the CEO
Sheldon Lavin first became part of OSI Group in 1970 when he organized financing for the company. In 1975, he was more involved in the company as he helped to look at investments abroad. Therefore, he was appointed to serve as the head cheerleader where he oversaw the allocation of resources. Afterward, he purchased significant controlling shares and assumed the position of the CEO.
Until today, Lavin has been helping OSI Group expand internationally. Having joined the industry more than twenty years ago following his successful career in banking, and consultation, he landed the role of the chairmanship. Until now, he has been leading this company in pursuing different projects including Flagship Europe, Tyson Food, and Baho Food. Lavin hopes that with his input, the company will continue to register progress regarding global expansion. In all these projects, Sheldon Lavin strives to make sure that clients receive quality food.
Sheldon Lavin has stated in various interviews that he rose from humble beginnings to become the CEO of OSI Group, one of the biggest food processing companies in the world. Otto Kolschowsky started the OSI Group at the beginning of the twentieth century as a simple butchery. Currently, it is one of the largest food companies in the world with over sixty-five locations and shareholders across the globe. In the recent past, the entity has been involved in vigorous acquisitions that have spurred considerable growth. The CEO plans to continue with the growth projection by employing market-focused strategies such as food safety and sustainability.
OSI Growth and Expansion
The growth of OSI can be traced back to 1950’s when it was contracted to supply hamburger to McDonald’s. Sheldon Lavin joined the company in the 1970’s as a partner and helped the company become a global player that steered significant development. In 1975, the company changed from Otto & Sons to OSI Group. The company continued with its expansion in the country and ventured into various international markets, for instance, Germany, Canada, Spain, and Brazil among others.
By 2010, the company had acquired a considerable mark in the global market. In 2014, OSI Group entered into a joint venture with a United Kingdom company known as Pickstock. The investment helped the company gain easy access to the European market. At the same time, the OSI entered into a joint venture with Select Ready Foods, a Canadian company that helped the company gain access to the Canadian market. A joint venture with EDEKA, a German supermarket chain was also a remarkable milestone. The company has continued with expansions and acquisitions across the world.
About Sheldon Lavin
Before joining the company, Sheldon Lavin was a bank executive and investor. His expertise and experience spurred tremendous growth making the company become a key player in food processing industry. He has initiated several purchases, acquisitions and joint ventures that have helped the company edge the market. The CEO has been acclaimed for emphasizing green innovations and sustainability. Despite the continued expansion across the world, the company has been able to maintain a stable culture that resonates in all subsidiaries. Sheldon aims to make social responsibility contributions to workers and the society.