OSI Group has risen from humble beginnings of a small butcher shop in Chicago to a food processing giant found on almost every continent. The success of this company is partly attributed to one man who joined as an outsider in the family business but eventually became part of the family. He is the CEO and Chairman of OSI Group Sheldon Lavin. Lavin has gained massive popularity in the food processing and meat industry due to his work with OSI. He not only expanded the company domestically within the US but also internationally across North America, Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia.
Sheldon Lavin at OSI Group
Sheldon Lavin joined OSI Group more than forty years ago as an investment consultant thanks to his background as a banking executive and an investor. He became the third partner then became a half partner when one of the Otto brothers sold his shares. Eventually, Lavin earned total voting control when the other brother retired and become both CEO and Chairman in the early 1980s. At the time he was joining it was known as Otto& Sons but it rebranded to OSI Group after he joined in 1975. Lavin took it upon himself to grow and expand the company by overseeing a number of acquisitions such as Baho Foods and Tyson Foods among others during his tenure. He has also enforced a culture of teamwork which was essential in order to expand.
Moreover, Lavin has ensured that OSI is focused on green innovation in a bid to reduce environmental impact. This has made OSI win a number of sustainability awards. At the moment OSI is in more than sixty countries with over 200,000 employees. His mission is to promote a sustainable supply chain while making contributions to the society. To this effect, Mr. Lavin gives back through different charities that deal with chronic illnesses, sick children, Jewish organizations and college funds. These charities include Ronald McDonald House Foundation which offers housing accommodation and amenities to families tackling serious illnesses. His leadership has seen him receive the Global Visionary Award in 2016 by India’s Vision World Academy.