Sheldon Lavin is the CEO and chairman of OSI Group, a leading supplier of value added protein products to retail and food service brands. The company has over 70 facilities in 17 countries. The corporation is headquartered in Aurora, Ill. Its group of companies includes OSI Industries LLC and OSI International Foods LLC, which are based in the U.S. In addition, OSI Group is the holding company of OSI International, Inc.
Sheldon Lavin has worked relentlessly to transform the McDonald’s burger supplier into a successful global company. He attributes OSI Group’s excellent performance to the family culture that he has cultivated at the company and their commitment to innovation. Under Sheldon Lavin’s leadership, OSI Group has expanded its operations, thus penetrating different markets. They have active operations in China, India, South Africa, Japan, Philippines, and Australia. They also render their products and services in Brazil and Europe.
Sheldon career with the company started in 1970. Owing to his extensive in financial matters, he was required to arrange funding for Otto & Sons Company (now OSI Group). Owing to proper arrangements with Otto and his sons, Lavin become a partial owner of Otto & Sons, which was launching a processing facility to supply hamburgers to McDonald’s Corporation in Midwest. He later became a business partner and when the father retired, Lavin became fully involved in the company’s operations. The two sons retired in 1980s, leaving him in full control of the company. Since then, Sheldon has focused on growing the company. He has succeeded in making OSI Group an industry leader.
Sheldon Lavin is committed to the company’s success where he establishes strategies and principles that help his team to deliver results. His operations at OSI Group have also been accompanied by active participation in charity initiatives in the community. The executive is affiliated with Ronald McDonald House Charities, Evans Scholarship Fund, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society and United Negro College Fund. Lavin serves on the board of Goodman Theater and Rush University Medical Center.
Sheldon Lavin is also the President and Director of The Sheba Foundation. Over the years, he has received numerous awards and recognition for his philanthropy. Sheldon hopes to see OSI’s legacy live on even after he retires from the company’s management.