Sheldon Lavin is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, an international processor of beef and poultry products. Sheldon Lavin joined the company in the 1970s at a time when it was known an Otto & Sons. At the time, he was an investment consultant and was helping the company get finance for its expanding operations. Sheldon became a partner in 1975 as the sons of Otto & sons were nearly their retirement years and they needed someone to lead the company as it transitioned to a large entity.
Under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin, OSI Group has grown from a domestic food processing company into an international leader in the food industry with over 65 facilities in over 17 countries. The company employs more than 20,000 individuals across the globe. OSI Group opened its first facility outside Chicago in the late 1970s under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin.
On February 2016, Sheldon was awarded the Global Visionary Award by Vision World Academy in India. He was given this award because of his exemplary work in transforming OSI Group from a domestic food processor to an international food processor. The company has impacted lives of many individuals through job creation either directly or indirectly. On receiving the award, Sheldon Lavin said he was honored to win the prestigious award and would continue committing his life to the company and its employees.
OSI Group has also received many awards due to its efforts in environmental sustainability under the leadership of Sheldon. Sheldon hopes that the next generation of corporate leaders will give priority to environmental matters. He is advising the next corporate leaders to dedicate their lives to growing their companies and creating opportunities for their employees.
Sheldon’s experience in investment and banking sector was pivotal in helping OSI Group grow to the multinational it is today. OSI Group was ranked number 58 on Forbes list of largest private companies in the US in 2016. Today, OSI Group provides a series of value-added proteins to the ever increasing client base. The company allows local management that understands the market better but coordinates with the parent company that provides financing.