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The leadership style of OSI Group’s Sheldon Levin

In today’s corporate world, executives, trying to to keep up with an ever changing global landscape, seem to change their direction, mission and staff as quickly as the direction of the wind changes. In direct contrast to this type of leadership style, Sheldon Lavin, the current chairman and CEO of OSI Group has held his course, colleagues and corporation in a steadily forward moving direction for over 40 years.

In 1970, leveraging his financial background and talent for obtaining funding, Mr Levin joined forces with Otto and Sons, then a small midwestern meat supplier and processing facility and lead it to become the global corporation, now called OSI Group, it is today. Currently employing over 20,000 people, 17 countries it has grown to be one of the leading food suppliers to the foodservice industry.

Mr. Levin’s vision, to grow the company and take it from a local to a world wide corporation has been with him from the beginning. Remaining steadfast and consolidating his talents within one company, he has lead OSI group one direction, forward. Rather than applying the latest trend or fad to OSI direction, he has kept its course unwavering. The discipline and consistency of Mr. Levin’s approach has been the rudder that has successfully directed the OSI Group through its growth since 1970.

Mr. Levin’s corporate vision is not the only place he apply his dedication. Fiercely loyal to his staff, the culture at OSI Group has a familial atmosphere. Mr. Levin challenges himself to keep open and active communication with employees. He is certain that despite his years of experience, he will learn something new from everyone. He enjoys his employees success and Mr. Levin is incredibly proud of his workforce, believing that their intelligence and longevity has been crucial to the success of OSI Group and will continue to foster the family oriented environment his employees enjoy.

While the styles and structures of the new global businesses are constantly in flux, Mr. Levin and his team at OSI group have also shown that loyalty and consistency can produce great results in corporate growth and “Levin Leadership Style” is finally getting the recognition it deserves.

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David McDonald Is Making a Change

David McDonald went to school at Iowa State University and graduated, in 1987, with a degree in animal science. After graduation David began working at OSI Industries in Chicago and within time, he had made his way to become president and chief operating officer. David has dedicated himself to giving back to the state of Iowa; moreover, he is an active member of the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative. Moreover, in 2011, he arranged for a group of students, in the to visit the OSI facilities in China, which was established over 20 years ago. He also donates to his Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity through scholarship funding. He also is the chairman of the board of directors for the American Meat Institute.

OSI Group is a global front-runner, its headquarters is in Aurora, Illinois. They make products such as: sausage links, beef patties, sandwiches, and pizza. The Company operates in over 50 facilities and 17 countries and is making an impact on China, as well. With China’s growing economy it is becoming a material market to be established in. there are over eight factories with two new ones underway. OSI China will be the largest poultry producer in the nation and serves clients such as McDonald’s, Starbucks, Papa John’s, Burger King and Subway, just to name a few. OSI also has a beef-processing facility in Poland to replace the existing operations and increased staff by thirty percent. The Company started a new brand of private-label frozen entrees. OSI; in addition, has developed better aids to control food safety with built in X-ray equipment to detect foreign particles and monitors how products are grown.

David McDonald is excited about the acquisition with Baho Foods. Baho Foods has much to offer OSI Group because it will help enhance the market in Europe. The Company is part of convenience foods such as: deli meats and snacks; In addition, to the OSI Europe, the Baho Food market will expand the needs of OSI Group customers on a broader variety. Baho Foods has five of its own processing plants and serves over 16 European countries.

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