Sheldon Lavin is the current Chairman and also the CEO of the OSI Group. He joined the meat supply industry 43 years ago and has therefore acquired a lot of expertise and experience. Sheldon Lavin became involved actively with the OSI Group after the company started looking for financing so as to build a meat processing facility that would expand the meat products they offered to McDonald’s. Ever since Sheldon Lavin joined OSI Group, he has been able to spearhead a lot of transformations which has led the company to become an international food product supplier. Currently, OSI Group has its operations in 17 nations with more than 80 facilities and 20,000 employees working under it.
The career journey of Sheldon Lavin at OSI Group started when he went to serve at the position of a consultant. He went on to become a partner in the company in 1975 and helped expand its operations into South America, Asia and also Europe. During the early 1980’s Lavin bought a controlling interest and was able to take over OSI Group. Before joining this company, Sheldon Lavin was involved in the Banking and Financial services industry. Apart from being an exemplary leader, Sheldon Lavin is also an active philanthropist. He has in the past made contributions to a number of charities such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Jewish United Fund, The Inner City Foundation of Chicago, Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, United Negra College Fund as well as The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The outstanding management and leadership skills of Sheldon Lavin have led OSI Group to win numerous different awards. Parts of these awards are in the categories of health and environmental management and safety risks. In 2016, the company was awarded the Globe of Honor which is normally given by the British Safety Council. This award was given to OSI Group in recognition of its efforts when it comes to positioning the company in the international platform as well as creating job opportunities across the world. Sheldon Lavin has also in the past received many awards such as the Director and President of the Sheba Foundation, Trustee for Ronald McDonald House Charities, Board member of the Goodman Theatre as well as the Board Member at the Rush University Medical Center. Sheldon Lavin is a good example that hard work and commitment coupled with discipline pays. He has been serving as a mentor to young people in the world who would wish to take leadership roles in the future.