Sheldon Lavin, the CEO of OSI Group has been a success story in the making for 43 years now. Working in the meat industry was all new for him, after having spent the earlier part of his professional career in banking. Prior to leaving the banking industry, he decided to open his own consulting firm. Becoming the CEO and Chairman of the world’s largest meat processing company was most likely not on his list of accomplishments for his future. However, the last 43 years have shown that he has thrived and done well. Sheldon Lavin has become one of the most iconic consultants of our time in meat processing, as he led OSI Group into success once they connected with McDonald’s in the 70’s.
Now that OSI has become such a massive conglomerate, they have many subsidiaries including OSI Industries, OSI LLC, OSI International Foods, and more. The company now has more than 20,000 employees around the globe, and with the positive corporate culture he has built, he is expecting more growth in the future. Sheldon Lavin attributes the successful culture to the fact that the company has remained very family-oriented, as well as the fact that they have always put “people” as the priority of a successful business.
Otto and Sons had started as a humble operation, and serving their local community. Otto Kowolsky probably never saw the day when his butcher shop would grow into a massive meat processing plant only to grow at the global level. Once Sheldon Lavin took the company to a new level of success, they became more focused on expanson into Europe. Asia wasn’t far behind on the list of places the company wanted to get into. Today, Lavin is 81 years of age and counting. His business acumen is as sharp as it ever was, as he continues to focus on the company’s expansion. His goal was to carry the company culture he created overseas, and to implement it everywhere he went. Today, OSI Industries boasts more than 55 facilities in more than 16 countries.