Sheldon Lavin is a passionate entrepreneur, an innovator, and a finance enthusiast. He is an accounting and finance major. Lavin successfully branded himself as a leader in the food processing industry. Before, joining OSI group, he served as an investment banker and financial consultant. During this period, he facilitated financing of the premiere meat processing facility for Otto & Sons now OSI group. He became the third partner in 1970 together with Otto Kolschowsky’s sons. Later, he became half partner and eventually gained full control of the company.
Mr. Lavin’s role then was both strategic and administrative. His main pursuit was to make the company a global leader in food processing industry through growth and innovation. By 1975, the group rebranded to OSI group and had ventured into the global markets and other products. The group now has subsidiaries in Europe, South America, USA, and Asia in over 60 locations. Sheldon Lavin also oversaw the diversification of OSI group’s products. Other than meats (beef, chicken, pork), their product portfolio includes baked goods, vegetable products, fruits, sauces and other proteins. In a bid to further expand, he strategically pursued acquisitions and joint ventures. The company entered into partnerships with distributors and other food producers across the continent, acquired food processing plants, and slaughterhouses.
Currently, Sheldon Lavin is the group chairman and CEO of OSI and the president of its subsidiary OSI International Foods. His role is to steer 20,000 plus employees towards achieving the company’s vision and mission. His visionary leadership has earned him several accolades most notably the Global Visionary Award 2016. The company has also been recognized-Globe of Honor Award 2016- for its efforts to promote environmental sustainability. They received recognition in other categories such as commitment to employment (Spain), food processing and service.
Sheldon is hopeful that OSI group will continue experiencing meaningful growth over the next years. Sheldon is optimistic about the company’s commitment to drive change in the industry, influence trends and promote environmental sustainability. His current goal is to mentor and inspire global leaders and entrepreneurs to grow businesses that add value and are sustainable.
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