Sheldon Lavin: His role in the early growth of OSI Group

Sheldon Lavin is the Chairman and CEO of OSI Group, a position he has held since the mid-1970s. He is the force behind the growth of this company. It is currently the biggest food production company in the world. His contributions have seen the company take steps which have changed the way business is done in the food industry. He has always advocated for the best practices to be used in the food production operations.

Before coming to OSI, Mr. Sheldon Lavin was working as a banking executive and investment manager. It is at this time that the sons of Otto- the founder were looking for finances to expand the operations of the company locally and internationally. Lavin was assigned by the bank to help them with the deal. He helped this organization to secure capitalization which enabled them to acquire a production plant. He was offered an opportunity to work for the company but declined instead offering to help with consultancy.

Otto & Sons continued with its growth, and the role of Sheldon Lavin became even more paramount. The business had plans to move its operations internationally. When capitalization for international expansion came up, Lavin again played a critical role. However, this time he would not be left out of the deal. He joined Otto & Sons, which now changed to OSI Industries.

After joining as an equal partner of the company, there was pressure from the main and only client of the company- the McDonald’s- for him to take up the role of the CEO. The McDonald’s was also on a rush to move international and needed a trusted hand on top of operations at OSI which was at the time a key supplier of meat products.

The growth of OSI Group was influenced by the growth of the McDonald’s such that every step the McDonald’s was taking had an impact on the OSI Group.

After the entry of Sheldon Lavin, he tried to change the course of the company’s operations by establishing other business connections. Finally, the company stopped its over reliance on the McDonald’s. Today, the company operates in 17 countries and has many business partners.