Category: Global Executive

Sheldon Lavin Made OSI Group A World Class Company

More than 40 years ago, Sheldon Lavin was a banker and business investment strategist who really liked what he saw in a relatively small operation known as Otto & Sons. The year was 1974 and the meat-processing operation had already existed since 1909 when it began as a humble, one-man butcher shop.

German immigrant Otto Kolschowski set up his shop in a Chicago suburb two years after arriving in America. His dedication to the simple concepts of providing high quality cuts of meat to satisfied customers meant that his small business grew steadily year after year.

By 1928, Otto’s sons joined their father in his business and Ott & Sons was born. The company continued to serve its local Chicago neighborhood base moving into wholesale along with supplying meat directly to retailers and customers.

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In the 1950s, a big change was about to happen that perhaps even Otto & Sons could not have anticipated. The Kolschowski brothers made a handshake deal with a man by the name of Ray Kroc. He was launching a certain little restaurant called McDonald’s — a new concept eatery called fast food that served up cheap, but delicious hamburgers and crispy french fries.

Fast forward to 1975 and the McDonald’s “experiment” was rapidly blossoming into one of America’s most robust and fastest growing business models. As its primary supplier of fresh beef, Otto & Sons was along for the ride. That was the year that Otto & Sons became OSI Group — destined to become one of the largest suppliers of processed meat and protein products in the world.

Today OSI Group is operating in 17 countries with 65 facilities. From 1975 onward, it has been Sheldon Lavin who has masterminded the phenomenal growth of the company he agreed to join as an investment partner and strategist after initially serving it as a banking representative.

More than four decades of world-class growth and stewardship of OSI Group makes Mr. Lavin one of the longest lasting CEOs in America today. His strategy to grow OSI Group through mergers, acquisitions and in-house expansion serves as a model for taking a small company and transforming it into an international force.

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How Lori Senecal Rules as a Female CEO

Lori Senecal, another female CEO like Cheryl Sandberg, is making great strides in her leadership role with CP+B. This global company has experienced tremendous growth since Lori stepped in to take over in 2015, and oversees 10 international offices. With so much on her plate, how does Lori know which direction she is going? It’s no doubt challenging as their global growth continues. Two of her priorities were company culture as well as to streamline the business itself. There are certain aspects of a company that every CEO wants to enhance or embellish.


Lori knows that working together collaboratively, as well as being inventive and agile are critical for any company. Overall, her desire is to see the company thrive, but it must do so both locally and at the global level. Lori’s strength is leadership, which has not only encouraged those working within the company to step up to the plate and do their work with pride, but to work together with others in order to make it possible. Due to her impeccable dedication and hard work, Advertising Age has maintained their interest in her as a leader and CP+B.


Recognition is something that Lori is no stranger to, having been recognized recently as one of the top, “Creativity Innovators of the Year” in 2017. Additionally, the year prior (2016), Lori was listed among the “Agency Executives to Watch”. Other prestigious acknowledgements came from Accompany‘s 100 Power List as well as recognition from Fast Company for being a revolutionary leader and CEO. It was in 2017 that she was recognized as one of the Most Creative People in Business, shining light on Lori and all of her accomplishments.


Lori is known for her position as a “believer in the heroic”. She draws her inspiration primarily from creative thinking and strategy. She is considered among the best to be a top leader in global business endeavors, and she is also recognized for her skills and talents among her peers in business. Lori remains a revolutionary role model for women in business in the United States and around the world.