As current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of OSI Group, Lavin has set himself apart as a leader in the meat and food processing industry. With over 40 years’ experience, Lavin has led the expansion of OSI Group that is currently located in 17 countries with over 70 facilities that are run and managed with over 20,000 employees.
With a background in Finance and Accounting, Lavin started out his career working in the banking industry and later on started his own financial consulting firm. It is here that he worked as a consultant for Otto and Sons (now OSI Group) after rejecting an offer to have an ownership position when the business was looking for funding to build a facility that would propel the company to become the Midwest supplier of hamburgers to McDonald’s Corporation. Lavin later became a partner after much appreciation of the business culture and strategies employed by McDonald’s when he worked as a consultant.
Sheldon Lavin developed a vision to grow the company to a world-class food processing enterprise. The company has since become a global leader in supplying meat products which are supplied to retail stores and food franchises such as McDonald’s.
OSI Group, under Lavin’s leadership, has won many awards including the 2017 International Safety Award from the British Safety Council, which the company has won for the 11th time. Lavin himself has also been recognized for several awards for his leadership and was recently awarded the Global Visionary Award by India’s Vision World Academy in February 2016. The Award recognizes visionaries who have persisted in turning their dreams into realities.
Lavin cares for his community and has made immense contributions to other companies and charities holding posts as:
• Trustee for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHS)
• Board Member of the Goodman Theatre
• Board Member of Rush University Medical Center
• President and Director of the Sheba Foundation.
Lavin continues to lead OSI Group as he grooms the next generation of leaders whom he hopes will dedicate themselves to growing the company with the same spirit. Lavin has a wife and three children.