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A Review Of Sheldon Lavin’s Career In The Meat And Food Processing Industry07.24.17


Sheldon Lavin is the CEO and chairman of OSI Group, a global supplier of food products to leading retail and foodservice brands. Lavin has proved to be an exceptional leader by growing the brand from a domestic supplier of hamburgers to a worldwide supplier of meat products and other foods like sandwiches and pizza. Lavin has been honored severally due to his contributions towards enhancing the performance of OSI Group. In 2016, India’s Vision World Academy honored him with a Global Visionary Award for contributing to job growth across the world. In 2015, he scooped the Lifetime Achievement Award by RSM US LLP for his excellent service to the community of Chicago.

Sheldon Lavin’s journey in the meat industry began in 1970 when he worked as a financial consultant. He arranged funding for OSI’s predecessor company, Otto & Sons. Otto & Sons had a meat processing factory that supplied hamburgers to McDonald’s in the Midwest. Later, he became a partner with the two sons after their father retired. To this end, he started engaging in the daily activities of the company. Lavin helped OSI Group to expand to new markets across North America and Europe. In 1980s, he expanded the company’s operations to South America and Taiwan. Eventually, the two sons retired from the business, leaving Lavin in full management of the company. He has since then concentrated on expanding the OSI Group’s foot print to China, Philippines, Japan, India, Australia and South Africa. Sheldon Lavin at LinkedIn.

Presently, OSI Group has three subsidiaries, which are OSI Industries LLC, OSI International Inc., and OSI International Foods, LLC. Sheldon Lavin has cultivated a family culture at the company where all employees maintain transparency, trust and respect. This situation has helped them to attract and retain their employees. The entity has more than 20,000 employees. Besides his corporate duties at the company, Lavin actively participates in various charitable initiatives in the community. The executive supports different charities, including Ronald McDonald House of Charities, the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, Evans Scholarship Fund and The National Sclerosis Society. He serves on the boards of Rush University Medical Center and the Goodman Theatre. Lavin is also the president and director of The Sheba Foundation. for more.

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