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Meet Sheldon Lavin: The Celebrated CEO and Chairman of OSI Group Meet Sheldon Lavin: The Celebrated CEO and Chairman of OSI Group

Mr. Sheldon Lavin currently works as the CEO and chairman of the OSI group. Sheldon Lavin used to work as a financier in a company known as Otto and Sons, which was based in Illinois and would later come to be known as the OSI groups.

As time advanced, Mr. Sheldon became the owner of the OSI groups after working and investing in the company for a long time. The global food executive through his vision for OSI found himself climbing the ladder of success rapidly. His idea was to make the OSI group a renowned food processing company.

Many are baffled by his secrets to success, and this can be attributed to the fact that he treats the meat processing franchise like it was his family. When it comes to business, Mr. Sheldon admits that as far as business is concerned, administrative duties, company budget, rules or regulations must and will be followed.

The company makes sure that all its workers enjoy a free working environment; as a result, all of his workers feel at home at their workplace. The CEO has time for everyone, has an open door policy and hosts cooperate office lunch get together to allow interactions in the company. Mr. Lavin is also known for his nurturing personality, and those who know him are not allowed to call him by any formal terms.

Awards and Accomplishments

Concerning the Top executive educational background, Mr. Lavin has a bachelor’s degree in the field of finance and accounting. In the course of his work and studies, he has received several awards from non-profit organizations and several business activities. Apart from being an experienced and well-known executive, he is also a philanthropist. He is known for supporting various charities which include United Negro College Fund, Evans Scholarship Fund, Jewish United Fund and Inner City Foundation these are just but a few mentioned.

It is a well-known fact that at the age of 81, Mr. Lavin is very much interested in expanding the renowned OSI Group. The company is known for employing approximately over 20,000 employees worldwide. The company is the world’s largest protein supplier. Under his leadership, OSI Group has invested in around 16 countries, which amounts to the group’s 55 facilities worldwide to date. The company has continued to grow in Europe, North America, Indian Japan and other continents under the skillful leadership of Mr. Sheldon Lavin.

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Sheldon Lavin’s Tenure at OSI Group

About Sheldon Lavin

Sheldon Lavin ventured into the meat industry over 43 years ago having had a successful career as a banker and investor. Since then, he joined OSI group as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group. Over time, he has transformed the small burger supplier into a global supplier of food products. OSI Group comprises of OSI International Inc., the holding company for all OSI Group’s international investments, OSI International Foods, and OSI Industries.

Currently, it has over 200,000 employees globally. Sheldon Lavin takes pride in OSI Group’s employees and its corporate culture for helping the company to grow. OSI Group has a family-oriented culture that is unmatched in the industry. Again, OSI Group boasts of having a little turnover. Sheldon Lavin views OSI Group’s customers as long-term partners. Sheldon Lavin’s success in the meat industry started in 1970 after initiating the financing for Otto & Sons’ predecessor company of OSI Industries, LLC. Sheldon Lavin was requested by the bank to arrange for funding of Otto & Sons but was reluctant to agree to the offer. In 1975, Lavin led Otto & Sons through its first overseas investment. Lavin became a Managing Partner of Otto & Sons after the father, Otto, retired from the business.

Under Sheldon Lavin’s leadership, OSI Group continues to solidify its presence throughout Europe and North America. In the early 1980s, it expanded into Taiwan and South America. With time, Sheldon Lavin gained half of the controlling interest in OSI Group after one of the co-founders decided to sell out. After 13 years, the remaining partner of OSI Group retired, giving Lavin 100 percent voting control. That followed expansions into Japan, South Africa, Philippines, Australia, and China, adding to the substantial presence the OSI Group had in South America and Europe.

Today, at age 81, Sheldon Lavin devotes to propelling OSI Group to greater heights. He looks forward to consolidating OSI Group’s presence in Europe followed by Asia. Currently, OSI Group runs over 55 facilities in 16b countries serving McDonald’s and other global customers. Besides, Lavin is passionate about giving back to society. He supports many charities such as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Jewish United Fund, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago.

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