Sheldon Lavin: The Face Behind OSI Group Success


Sheldon Lavin is the chair and CEO of OSI Group. OSI Group is a private firm with headquarters in Aurora, Illinois. The food company deals with meat processing and retailing services. Mr. Sheldon Lavin joined the meat processing plant 47 years ago after leaving the banking sector.

Professional History

The journey to working in a meat business started in 1970 when Mr. Sheldon Lavin was still in the financial institution. OSI industries through Otto and Sons firm were looking for finances to fund their operations. The bank advised Mr. Lavin to take an ownership post at the Otto and Sons firm. He agreed to the offer if only he could get the same leverage amount like the other members of the company.

Sheldon Lavin became more involved with the organization in 1975, and he started looking for foreign investors. McDonald’s later asked him to join the business in full-time to grow OSI. Sheldon Lavin gave in to the request as he appreciated entrepreneurial strategies and culture used by McDonald’s.

OSI Group is born

OSI Group started from here and grew in Europe, North America, Taiwan, and South Africa. Lavin bought half shares of the firm in the 1980s after an investor sold out their controlling interest. Years late, the remaining stockholders retired giving Sheldon Lavin full ownership rights. When he took over, he planned on making the enterprise big and is still perusing the company growth regardless of its extension to India, Philippians, China, Australia, South Africa, and Japan.

McDonalds and OSI business have encircled the world and taken culture out of the country. The enterprise is among the most significant protein suppliers across the globe. It has more than 55 plants in 16 countries. Lavin knowledge in finance and accounting plus his experience in the financial industry has enabled him to take OSI to its current position.

About Sheldon Lavin

Sheldon Lavin has a degree in Finance and Accounting. He has received awards for business and non-profit activities. The OSI International Foods Ltd president takes part in charity movements. He has contributed towards Inner City Foundation, United Negro College Fund, National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), and Jewish United Fund. Lavin also works at Rush University Medical Center as General Trustee. He has worked with National Fish & Wildlife Foundation where he served as a Director. Holding various positions make him a competent leader and the right president of OSI Group.

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