Sheldon Lavin is the OSI Group’s chairman and CEO. He has been with the food supplier for more than 43 years. Lavin had previously worked in the banking and financial services industry. Lavin became involved with the OSI Group in the 1970s when the company was seeking financing to construct a meat processing facility to help them expand the meat products they provided to McDonald’s.
Initially, Sheldon Lavin acted as a consultant to the company and in 1975 he became a partner. As the OSI Group expanded their operations into Europe, Asia and South America in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Lavin purchased a controlling interest and eventually took over the company.
Under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin the OSI Group expanded their reach into Australia, Brazil, China, India, Japan, the Philippines and South Africa. They also diversified the services they offered and became the world’s largest protein supplier to McDonald’s. Lavin has also been the moving force behind having the company build
80 facilities located in 17 countries and the hiring of over 20,000 employees. He has also helped to develop the OSI Group’s unique culture where the staff is treated like a global family. He is also very proud that the OSI Group has very little staff turnover and most employees stay with the company for many years. This harkens back to OSI’s origin as Otto & Sons meat market that was located in the Chicago area.
But Sheldon Lavin is much more than just a businessman. He is a husband, father of three and a grand father. He is also a committed philanthropist that gives generously of his time and resources to charities like the Ronald McDonald House Charities, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, Jewish United Fund, United Negro College Fund, Evans Scholarship Fund and countless other local and national charities.
Among Sheldon Lavin’s many awards, he considers the 2016 Global Visionary Award and the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award he was given for his commitment and service to the Chicago business community, the most meaningful.