Sheldon Lavin: The Rise up the Corporate Ladder

Sheldon Lavin takes on both the CEO and chairman positions at the OSI Group. The company, OSI Group, is a privately owned entity involved in meat and food processing activities in Illinois. 47 years ago, the food industry was out of the question for Lavin who was utterly immersed in the banking sector. Banking was the industry he believed in, and the vast investments he had in that sector showed precisely that, he had even started a financial consulting company. Fate, however, had other things in the plan.

Sheldon quit the industry much later, and became part of OSI Group, this, as they say, is where his affair with the food industry began. His journey the industry started in the 70’s while he was still into financial consultancy. Otto and Sons, which is a forerunner company of the OSI Group, was looking for funds to help in their operations. While at it, Otto and Sons asked Lavin to take up a position in their establishment. He had first rejected the idea, but after putting much thought into it, he decided to take up the offer.

Five years later, Sheldon had become so attached to the business. He started showing a lot of interest in the operations of the company. He was, however, more interested in the financial dynamics, because he had experience in the field. This led him to look for people or institutions overseas that were willing to invest in the company.

McDonald’s later requested him to join in the business. They had seen the work he was capable of doing, and they thought that for OSI Group to continue enjoying increased growth, he had to be part of the process. When Sheldon joined the enterprise, the McDonald’s Centric was only a tiny fragment of what it is today, his hard work and enthusiastic nature have however turned it into an empire known globally for supplying food products.

The impact he has had on OSI Group is something that is crystal clear. The company’s operations have grown and spread all over Taiwan, South Africa, North America and finally Europe. In the 80’s one of the company’s sold their shares to Sheldon something that took his position a notch higher. The rest of the company’s partners, somewhere along the way, decided to retire, he was left the last man standing, and he eventually took ownership of the establishment. His takeover has seen the company grow immensely over time.

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