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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