OSI Group CEO Sheldon Lavin has spent the last four decades moving and shaking within the meat distribution industry. In the early 1970s, he joined OSI Group as an adviser. Lavin already had several years of financial advising experience before joining the company.
In the beginning, OSI Group was the primary meat supplier for McDonald’s restaurants in Illinois. Since that time, he has built the company into one of the world’s largest international meat suppliers.
When Sheldon Lavin was initially brought on board, he helped the company expand operations in Asia, Europe and South America. In the early 80s, Lavin bought controlling interest in the company and proceeded to transform the culture of the company. His new and improved system cut down on employee turnover rates and promoted a more productive environment.
Today OSI Group has operations in 17 countries, with over 20,000 employees. The company has acquired a number of additional food production companies over the years. And the Chicago plant is currently under expansion.
Sheldon Lavin is known for his generosity and active participation in several charities. Some of his most notable charities include the Ronald McDonald House, the Jewish United Fund, Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and United Negro College Fund.
After Sheldon Lavin assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, the company has received several awards. The awards are both plant safety as well as health and environmental excellence. Awards include 2016 Globe of Honor was awarded to OSI Group by the British Safety Council. Lavin was also awarded for his efforts in helping create international jobs. Sheldon Lavin has received additional awards for his good works with the Sheba Foundation. He is currently a board member of the Goodman Theatre, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Rush University Medical Center.