Sheldon Lavin insights on leadership

According to Sheldon Lavin, leaders who seek to be innovators must be humble and maintain close ties with their employees and peers alike. Sheldon Lavin is the CEO of OSI Industries and is also a seasoned financial guru who knows the issues that break or make, small and big companies. In his career, Lavin has been largely successful and has always influenced momentous changes in companies he has worked in. The background of Sheldon Lavin’s expertise began way back in college when he majored in finance.

All through his magnificent career, Lavin has relied on his ability to look ahead and prepare for the future. The CEO says that making plans for the future, today puts a company or an individual at a better position to achieve the goals set. This is evident in the decisions OSI Industries has made, under the leadership of Lavin. OSI Industries is the fastest growing food company in the world and the company has achieved this because of consistent good decision making.

Among these includes mergers, partnerships and strategic acquisitions that the food company has made, thanks to its CEO, Sheldon Lavin. Because of Lavin’s deep knowledge and experience as an executive and also as a financial, he is able to make wise decisions when faced with a collection of variables and factors.

As the CEO he must be able to evaluate consumer behavior, source funds for expansions, anticipate and adopt technological changes and also be in control of the supply chain. According to Sheldon Lavin, it is nearly impossible for a manager to dictate all these factors, and that is why he is a big advocate for delegation. Lavin adds that every successful executive must surround himself/herself with many different experts so that he/she can be able to make a sound decision with minimal research.

The OSI Industries CEO further states that he is always updated on technological breakthroughs because he believes the future of every industry lies on the technological advancements made in their particular field. Lavin makes most of his money from investing his OSI’s profits into select money markets. His love for investing and leading a great company to higher heights, is what Lavin lives for, and it is why he still not retired, despite, him having advanced in age.

His LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheldon-lavin-a325b98

For David McDonald, OSI Group is about Family

David McDonald grew up in farm country. His formative years were spent helping out his dad on a northeast Iowa farm where he learned the values of hard work, honesty, being a good neighbor and producing something good for the world.

These are the same values he brought to his first job at OSI Group after graduating from the University of Iowa. Perhaps the reason David McDonald has stayed at OSI for more than 30 years is that he essentially found another family. Today as president of this giant American meat processor, Mr. McDonald uses that term a lot — “family” — to describe the corporate culture of OSI Group.

Along with OSI Group CEO Sheldon Lavin, David McDonald has presided over remarkable growth of his organization. OSI Group now operates 70 facilities in 17 countries around the world. It employs 20,000 people and was listed by Forbes at No. 58 on its tally of largest American privately-held companies.

Mr. McDonald credits the success of OSI on its philosophy of going the extra mile for its customers. When you take care of the people that are buying and consuming the product, he says, everything else falls into place.

Another aspect of OSI growth has been the formation of dynamic partnerships. Certainly, the foremost example of that is OSI’s legendary partnership with McDonald’s restaurants. (McDonald’s and David McDonald are not related!) OSI has been the primary supplier of McDonald’s hamburgers since 1955. The two companies have continued their relationship across Europe and in other countries.

Only one thing can be said for certain about today’s food industry: everything changes, McDonald said. That means managing an organization that can remain extremely adaptable, flexible and constantly ready to react to rapidly-changing customer demands.

Food tastes have evolved dramatically in recent years. The food-cosumming market is more savvy than ever and more eager than ever to try new tastes, flavors and kinds of food. Also, the way food is sold on the retail level has transformed dramatically.

For David McDonald, it’s those kinds of challenges that makes his job seem still new and interesting after three decades.

His LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-mcdonald-a1b1137

The growth of OSI Group under the management of President McDonald

OSI Group an American company that is the biggest privately owned food processing company in the world. The company has been dealing with manufacturing of food products which range from bacon, poultry products, pork products, hamburgers, and sandwiches. The company started in 1909 as a meat shop before it developed and became the biggest company on the globe. The company has been steered to growth by the two people who care about this business because they have invested heavily in it. There is the CEO, Sheldon Lavin and there is the president David McDonald. The two people have been instrumental in the growth of this company.

OSI Group has shown a lot of dedication in coming up with strategies that will lead to the growth of this business. The company has been doing all it takes to ensure that there is an expansion of business takes place and not just in the United States but to all parts of the world. There is needed for the company to compete in the international levels so that it can develop more products for the people. The company has taken the matter of expansion seriously, and in the last few years, it has moved out to other regions especially Europe where there is a high number of people who depend on processed food products.

According to President David McDonald, expansion of business to Europe will facilitate the growth of the company in many ways. One, they will be able to develop new food products for the people depending on their needs. They will now create products which they have never [processed before.

The company’s expansion into Europe has seen OSI Group acquire Baho Food, a Dutch manufacturer. Baho deals with foods such as snacks, deli meats, and other convenience foods. Baho has other five subsidiaries which have processing plants in Germany and Netherlands. With a market presence in over 18 European countries, the addition of Baho Food will be great for OSI Group.

About David McDonald

David McDonald is the president of the company who has served it with diligence until it has reached the level of being a leading global firm. McDonald holds a degree in Animal Science. He was one the project manager of OSI before he was promoted.

Learn more about him: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/david-mcdonald-7#/entity