Sheldon Lavin is the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman of the board of an international food and meat processing and distribution company based in Aurora, Chicago. He took over leadership of the processor in the late 70s, having joined in as its chief financial officer earlier in the decade. And while Sheldon hasn’t ben always an entrepreneur, his involvement in OSI group has seen the company evolve from a state-based meat processor to an internationally acclaimed food distributor with presence in over 17 countries around the world.
How did he end up in OSI group?
Six decades into its existence, OSI group, formerly known as Otto and Sons Company, started experienced some cash flow problems that threatened its very survival. Otto’s Sons who led the company at the time hired Sheldon Lavin as the company’s chief financial officer. By then Sheldon was an accounting and finance professional with an established career in the banking industry. He was primarily charged with the role of pioneering the company’s capitalization efforts.
In 1975, Otto’s sons asked Sheldon Lavin to join the company as director and partner. The experienced finance professional would use his new role to initiate a series of operational reforms in the company aimed at reverting it back to profitability. He would also use his connections in the world of finance and investment to attract funding for the company aimed at streamlining such operational inefficiencies use of redundant technology. His contributions and personal investments in the company earned him a controlling stake with the food processor and in effect prompted the change of name from Otto and sons to OSI Group.
Sheldon’s impact on the company
Under Sheldon Lavin’s leadership, OSI group has blossomed from a small meat distributor in Chicago to an international food processing giant. It has also expanded operations to include fresh foods and poultry processing and distribution as one of its core products. Most importantly, his marketing and commitment to quality have seen the company has regained the trust of numerous national and international companies that rely on it to supply them with fresh and quality processed foods daily.
The assumption of office by Sheldon Lavin also saw the company change its operational ad expansionary tactics. For instance, the food distributor has turned to more technologically sophisticated food processing systems within their facilities. Instead of establishing processing facilities and having to compete for space with existing brands, OSI group has turned to the more efficient acquisition of national brands in different countries. The two strategies have effectively played a significant role in the company’s expansion and market domination.
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