Mike Johanns joins OSI Group’s Board of Directors

Mike Johanns was nominated to the OSI Group Board in 2015 after completing his term as the US Secretary of Agriculture. OSI Group’s Chairman Sheldon Lavin congratulated Mike on his nomination and added that the former senator is a highly talented individual who would bring much to the company. Mike hopes to help the company achieve its objectives as one of the members in the OSI Group board.

Before becoming the Secretary of State, Mike had held several political positions in the country. For instance, he became the governor of Nebraska in 1999 before being nominated to the position of Secretary for Agriculture where he served for two years. In the 2008 elections, Mike went into electoral politics and was elected to the U.S. Senate. He only served as a senator for a single term after deciding not to run for a re-election in 2014.

In his welcoming statement, OSI Group chairman Sheldon Lavin described Mike as a highly experienced individual with vast experience in public service, banking, trade, agriculture, commerce, and law. Sheldon Lavin believes that Mike has the competency and expertise that will be vital in pushing the company forward after accepting his nomination to the company’s board. While making his acceptance speech, Mike Johanns said that the appointment was an honor. He described OSI Group as a leader in the food industry that had established a culture of quality assurance, food safety, and innovation.

For many industry observers, Mike’s nomination to OSI Group’s board was not a surprise. The analysts compare his nomination to the nomination of Dr. Kenneth Petersen into the board of directors and points out that the nomination occurred under the same circumstances. Sheldon Lavin and Dr. Kenneth are former USDA officials who have been affiliated with OSI Group. Dr. Kenneth is the senior vice president overseeing quality assurance, food safety, and regulatory affairs within the company. Previously, he worked as an assistant administrator in the Field Operations docket for the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

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