Sheldon Lavin, OSI Group’s current Chairman, and CEO has brilliantly revolutionized the meat supply industry. Since the 1970s, he is actively engaged with OSI Group, gradually transforming it into a global food supply company with 20,000 employees smoothly operating 80 facilities in 17 countries. He studied accounting and finance and proceeded to investment banking. Later, he even ran a financial consulting firm, through which he became involved with OSI and its operations.
Sheldon Lavin started out as a consultant at OSI, formerly Otto & Sons when they were seeking financing sources to build a new meat processing plant. In 1975, when its business started expanding overseas to South America, Europe, and Asia, Lavin was made partner. At this point, at McDonald’s insistence, he became completely involved with the company. Since, he respected their culture and business strategies.
A few years later, during the early 1980s, he acquired controlling interest, therefore, gaining significant influence on OSI Group. Lavin introduced the culture of treating all employees as one massive global family. This led to decrease in staff turnover because OSI employees stay on board for years. Currently, he has 100% voting control as other partners sold him their shares.
Lavin has received numerous accolades, throughout his career, for his instrumental role in business and community development. In February 2016, he received the venerated Global Visionary Award presented by India’s Vision World Academy. This award recognizes revolutionary entrepreneurs, who have brought to life their futuristic ideas through diligence and hard work. Lavin’s innovative ideas for OSI transformed it into a multibillion-dollar enterprise while supporting job growth in numerous countries worldwide.
Under Sheldon Lavin’s headship, OSI Group has earned numerous awards for its ground-breaking contributions to safety, health management, and environmental conservation. In 2016, OSI’s UK branch was awarded the esteemed Globe of Honour Award for environmentally friendly practices.
Lavin’s other contributions to society include his role as Director and President of the Sheba Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting Israel’s Ethiopian Jewish community. Moreover, he is a board member of Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, which provides a world-renowned platform to extraordinary international, national and local artists. As a trustee of Ronald McDonald House Charities, he has made noteworthy contributions to support programs involving children’s health and well being. Lastly, he is a board member of Rush University Medical Center, which provides a rehabilitation center and medical facilities for children and adults. At 81-years-old, Sheldon Lavin is still chasing his dreams to further expand OSI Group. OSI’s Sheldon Lavin Receives Global Visionary Award