Sheldon Lavin: From humble beginnings to CEO

Sheldon Lavin is the Chairman and CEO of OSI Group, a food conglomerate overseeing operations in 17 countries around the world. Sheldon Lavin attended the University of Illinois, Northwestern University and later Roosevelt University, learning accounting, finance and business respectively. He later found himself doing finance work for Otto & Sons Inc in Illinois in the early 1970s. When the company expanded to purchasing a meat processing plant, Sheldon Lavin found himself more involved with Otto & Sons’ ventures outside of just financial consulting. The company eventually began going by its abbreviation OSI, which is what its known by to this very day and eventually a partnership with McDonalds was formed.

Lavin became full operator and CEO by the mid 1980s as OSI continued its expansion around the globe including Asia and Latin America. Over the decades, successes continued to mount under Lavin’s leadership and guidance. As a result, OSI found itself the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sword of Honor and the Globe of Honor from the British Safety Council in 2013, 2015 and 2016. OSI’s growth continues as more acquisitions and partnerships such as the partnership with Impossible Foods in order to cater to vegans and vegetarians with the rise of meatless alternatives, showing a level of awareness and needs of the everyday consumer.

Sheldon Lavin was also presented the Global Visionary Award in 2016 as a result of OSI’s numerous awards and rapid yet consistent growth around world. This newly prestigious award honors visionaries and business leaders who have revolutionized their respective fields and lead their ventures to prosperous in addition to life changing results. Mr. Lavin became just the fifth person to receive this soon to be historical award, as he continue his decades long leadership taking OSI to even greater heights than previously seen.


Leave a Comment

Filed under Businessman, CEO

Leave a Reply