Sheldon Lavin: The OSI Group’s Caring, Innovative, Visionary CEO

Sheldon Lavin is the CEO of the global food processing and marketing juggernaut the OSI Group. Lavin has been involved with the company since 1970. At that time his financial services firm was hired to help the OSI Group get the money they needed to expand from a neighborhood meat market into a national food distributor. Lavin was able to get them the financing they needed to get new equipment and facilities to expand over the next few years. Gradually, he became more involved with the OSI Group and he eventually bought the company in the 1980s.

With his global vision, unique management style and background in banking and financial services, Sheldon Lavin has helped to build the OSI Group into a world leader in providing packaged meat, poultry, fish, vegetable and dough products to businesses throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Central and South America. Under Lavin’s leadership the OSI Group has grown from a company which primarily served McDonald’s and supermarkets and restaurants in the United States to an international food processing giant with over 75 facilities in 17 countries.

Even though Sheldon Lavin has been an executive with the company for almost 50 years, he is still active in the day-to-day operations of the company. He is credited with creating a corporate culture at the OSI Group where the entire staff of over 20,000 is treated like one large family. Workers address Lavin by his first name, regularly have lunch with him and are encouraged to visit his office to share with him their ideas for improving the company. Lavin has also created systems which allow the families of the OSI Group staff to benefit from the company’s success innovative programs.

Internationally, Sheldon Lavin is widely praised as a caring chief executive that consistently strives to make the OSI Group a great corporate citizen. The company has won many awards for adopting production practices that focus on worker and food safety and are environment-friendly. Lavin himself has received a wide array of awards and accolades for the tremendous job he has done in making the company a global leader. Under his leadership, the company has been committed to providing generous support to a wide range of philanthropic causes and organizations. Sheldon Lavin has proven himself to be an innovative chief executive that cares deeply about his staff and the communities in which he does business.

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