Sheldon Lavin is the serving Chairperson and CEO of OSI Group, a food processing firm. OSI Group is a cluster of several businesses including OSI International Foods, OSI Industries, and OSI International. Under Mr. Sheldon Lavin’s administration, OSI Group has grown into an industry leader with a presence in over 16 nations.
Surprisingly enough, Mr. Lavin’s career in the food industry was not predetermined as he pursued finance and accounting degree and worked as a consultant in the banking and finance sector. Sheldon’s involvement in the food industry began in 1970 when he Mr. Otto and his two sons consulted him to help them raise funds for their business after they had been awarded a contract of supplying hamburgers to McDonald. During that time, he was offered the chance to be a partner in the firm which he declined and opted to be a financial consultant for Otto and Sons. In 1975, Mr. Sheldon Lavin became more involved with the affairs of the firm followed by a decision to become one of the partners after Mr. Otto retire from Otto and Sons. Subsequently, Otto & Son’s name was abolished, and the company became OSI Group.
Mr. Lavin is a more hands-on leader with involvements in every sector of the company. He fosters a family-oriented work culture which ensures a low employee turnover for his over 20,000 personnel. Under Sheldon’s capable hands, OSI Group has expanded from a single supplier of McDonald to a leading international supplier in several countries like Australia, North America, Europe, South Africa, Japan, India, and the Philippines. Additionally, Sheldon Lavin has contributed to the success of OSI Group by acquiring other food companies like Baho Food and Flagship Europe.
Under Sheldon Lavin’s leadership, OSI Group has received international recognition for its excellent performance in the industry. OSI Group won the Globe of Honour Award offered by the British Safety Council for it environmental sustenance. Besides, it was also accorded the California Green Business award as well as several awards for animal welfare from China, Europe, and in the US.
Sheldon Lavin won the most coveted Global Visionary Award offered by India’s Vision World Academy and meant to recognize entrepreneurs that conquered objectives in their fields through hard work and determination.
Other than his managerial duties at OSI Group, Mr. Lavin is an active philanthropist who has taken part in several charitable responsibilities with organizations like United Negro College, Jewish United Fund, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Inner City Foundation among others.
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