Sheldon Lavin is currently the Chairman and CEO of OSI Group. He has been in the meat industry for the last 43 years. During the 1970s, Sheldon became actively engaged with OSI Group when the firm was looking for finances to put up a meat processing factory to increase the products they were supplying McDonald’s. Since that time, Mr. Lavin has managed to convert OSI Group to a global food supplier with more than 80 facilities operating in 17 countries and over 20,000 employees.
Sheldon Lavin began his career as a financial consultant at OSI Group. In 1975, he joined the company as one of the partners and expanded their services into Europe, Asia, and South America. In the early 1980s, Mr. Sheldon bought a controlling interest and later took over the leadership of the company. Lavin has also created the OSI Group unique culture where the employees get equal treatment as a global family. Consequently, the company has low employee turnover since most staff members work for the food company for years. Before OSI Group, Sheldon was serving in the banking and services sector where he was running his financial firm.
Sheldon Lavin is also an active donor to various charities, evidence of his philanthropy. Some of the notable organization he supports are the Jewish United Fund, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, United Negra College Fund, and, the Ronald McDonald House Charities, among others.
Since Mr. Lavin took the leadership of OSI Group, the corporation has received various awards from different organizations. On 20th February 2016, the British Safety Council presented OSI Food Solutions UK with the Globe of Honor Award. This award recognizes companies that develop creative methods of reducing environmental pollution. The other award is the Global Visionary Award. This prize recognized Sheldon’s effort in positioning his company onto the international arena and creating jobs across the world. The organization awards those visionaries who transform their dreams into reality by enduring to accomplish their goals. Sheldon Lavin Continues Global Expansion of OSI Group With Commitment To Green Innovations
Sheldon has also won other awards for participating in other services including Goodman Theatre Board member, Director and President of Sheba Foundation, Rush University Medical Center Board member, and Ronald McDonald House Charities Trustee. OSI Food Solutions was also ranked the 66th firm in the food and beverage category and named as the top establishment in the globe by Forbes. These awards and achievements were made possible due to Lavin’s excellent management.