Sheldon Lavin is the chairman and CEO of OSI Group, a global meat, and food processing company. Before joining the food processing industry, Lavin who holds a degree in finance and accounting was in the banking sector working as an investor. At the time, he was the owner of a financial investing firm. He was the financial advisor to the owners of Otto &Sons the predecessor company to OSI Group.
Lavin was the financial consultant of the firm as the owners needed financing to be able to supply hamburgers to the McDonald Cooperation. In 1975, Lavin became too much involved in the operations of the company and decided to become a member helping the company grow. In 1980, Lavin had gained a 50 percent shareholding in the company. When the remaining business partner retired 13 years ago, Lavin gained full ownership of the company. Sheldon Lavin News.
Lavin exceptional leadership at OSI Group has seen the company grow from a humble domestic food processing company to the now renowned international success company. During his tenure, the company has expanded to Japan, India, Philippines, South Africa, China and Australia and it’s still growing.
Today, the OSI group employs over 20 000 people. The company has also transformed from a domestic burger supplier to a multi-dollar protein supplier in over 17 countries with over 70 locations. Under Lavin’s leadership, the OSI group has received numerous sustainability and environmental awards. In 2015, the businesses man was honored with the lifetime achievement award by RSM US LLP due to his commitment to the Chicago business community.
On February 20, 2016, at Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, he was presented with the Global Visionary Award by India’s Vision World Academy. The academy sought to recognize his visionary leadership that has seen the OSI group grow in leaps and bounds and employ thousands of people globally. The award honors visionary people who make their dreams happen through perseverance and persistence. Lavin is a humble man and an active philanthropist. He is a member of McDonald house charities among other numerous charities.
Sheldon Lavin is a true picture of a visionary and a resilient leader.