Sheldon Lavin Transforms OSI Group Into A Global Corporation
Sheldon Lavin joined the meat processing industry 43 years ago as a financial advisor to Otto and Sons, the predecessor to OSI Group. However, in the last four decades he has played a pivotal role in transforming the small company into a leading corporation in the competitive processed foods industry.
Lavin first came in contact with Otto & Sons in 1970. The small Chicago-based company was the provider of processed meat products to McDonald’s Corporation. Its main products to the food chain retailer were hamburgers. McDonald’s appreciated the quality of Lavin’s services, thus encouraging Otto & Sons to enlist his services. This strategic move completely transformed the company. After becoming one of the partners of the company, he began working on a plan to ensure that the company established a global network of processing facilities. Owing to his business acumen, the company managed to grow and increase its client base. When Otto retired from the company, Lavin became the third partner in the business. Connect linkedin to see Sheldon Lavin’s full profile.
Sheldon continued to use his extensive knowledge and experience in the financial industry to ensure Otto & Sons had adequate funds to run its operations smoothly. With an eye focused on the global market, the company changed its name from Otto & Sons to OSI Group. This move helped both OSI and McDonald’s to grow together and dominate the market.
Sheldon Lavin has channeled his efforts towards transforming OSI from a small Chicago-based meat supplier to a global brand with dozens of facilities spread across the globe. The company’s staff base has also increased to over 20,000 individuals.
Presently, Sheldon has full control of the company. He gained this control after Otto’s sons sold their shares to him. Sheldon, who is 81-years-old, continues to serve at the company as its chief executive officer. Despite of his age, the executive remains one of the most visionary CEOs globally. Sheldon continues to push for further expansion of the company irrespective of already having over 70 facilities under its umbrella. Particularly, he focuses on the Chinese market, as he believes it has what it takes to improve the company’s profitability margins. Besides having operations in Europe, US, and China, OSI runs its facilities in India, South America, Australia, and Philippines.
Sheldon Lavin has received several awards for his contributions at OSI Group. In 2016, India’s Vision World Academy awarded him with the Global Visionary Award. The executive leader is also an active contributor to various charities, including Evans Scholarship Fund, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and the Inner City Foundation of Chicago.