OSI Group doesn’t necessarily put their name on every packaged food box that shows up at the supermarket, but if you’ve ever had a burger from McDonalds or sandwich from Subway, chances are you’ve eaten their meats.
OSI Group has taken over the meat processing and shipping industry and has been on a steady growth rate since CEO Sheldon Lavin has led them. The company is a privately-owned company and while it’s quite large, it has a strong value of family. Lavin has sought to built working relationships with all employees and leaders of the companies OSI Group acquires.
Sheldon Lavin didn’t come from the food industry. His background consists of finances and investment banking, and prior to joining OSI Group he had retired to become an Independent Financial Consultant. He was pleased to consult for Otto & Sons, the company name of OSI back in the 1970s. He initially didn’t want to become an owner in this company because he was enjoying retirement and didn’t want to enter the grind of the corporate world, but he noticed something different about the way this company operated. After lengthy talks with McDonalds, the fast food corporation Lavin decided to accept the position as CEO of Otto & Sons. The name was changed to OSI after Lavin began investing company funds in foreign food plants.
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Lavin has led OSI into foreign markets in Europe, Asia and Africa. He’s not only stayed committed to family values at the company, he’s also made sure the company upholds strict environmental codes. Not too long ago OSI Group won the Globe of Honour award from the British Safety Council for upholding high safety and environmental regulations throughout its UK facilities. Lavin’s ability to generate new marketing and production ideas has also won him the Global Visionary award from India’s Global World Vision Academy in 2016. Sheldon Lavin is also a Philanthropist who serves as Chairman of the Ronald McDonald House Charities which provides healthcare to young children with cancer and other diseases, and college scholarships to high school graduates. He’s also on the boards of the Inner City Foundation of Chicago and Jewish United Fund.
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