When people in many parts of the world buy food from a supermarket or restaurant, they do not realize they owe Sheldon Lavin a debt of thanks. Lavin is the CEO and chairman of the international food processing juggernaut the OSI Group. Under Lavin’s leadership the OSI Group has been transformed from only selling quality meats to creating vegetable, dough, poultry and fish products for people in 85 countries. The company has been expanding into new markets around the world for 40 years, ever since Sheldon Lavin assumed the leadership of it. The company now offers foods specially made to please the palettes of people from countless diverse cultures.
Lavin has taken his company into Asia where not only is it China’s largest poultry producer, it has also established food processing facilities in India, Japan and Hong Kong. He has also expanded the company’s presence in Europe by building food processing plants in Spain, Hungary and Poland. Lavin and the OSI Group also acquired companies like Baho Foods in the Netherlands, which has customers in 18 European countries in Europe, and Flagship Europe, the UK headquartered company that produces frozen pies, poultry and condiments.
Working hand in hand with foreign governments and suppliers, Sheldon Lavin and his team engage in careful product development that meet the legal requirements and satisfy the specific taste preferences of people from different cultures. Lavin and the OSI Group staff have also created precise marketing campaigns designed to help build lasting connections with customers all around the world by letting them know the company makes what they want and need. One of reason Lavin’s company has been successful is because of their willingness to respond to the request of their customers.
The qualifications, skills, expertise and experience of Sheldon Lavin make him uniquely prepared to handle the growth and expansion of the OSI Group. Lavin has degrees in finance, accounting and business from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois. He spent years as a successful banker and ran a financial services firm for 15 years. Lavin also has the vision to see what’s possible and the social conscience to ensure his company creates and implements proper environmental management practices and safety policies that protect the workers and the food they produce.
The work Sheldon Lavin has done has resulting in him receiving many awards. He is hailed as ideal role model for young entrepreneurs.
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