The Chairman and CEO of the OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin, has been with the company since 1970. Initially, he was involved in helping the company get the financing it needed to open its first meat processing facility. Gradually, he became more involved with the OSI Group’s operations and now he is responsible for ensuring it continues to meet the highest standards for quality, efficiency and customer service. After 47 years with the company, Lavin not only provides vision and leadership, he remains active in all the facets of its global operations. His extensive industry expertise has helped him to turn the company into a very successful global operation.
During his almost 50 years with the OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin has seen technological advances help the company become one of the international food and meat processing industry’s most powerful companies. Still, he believes the OSI Group’s most important asset is its people. To him the people working for the OSI Group are part of a family. He’s proud of his loyal, talented team. He listens to their ideas, eats lunch with them and they call him by his first name. Lavin sees them as the reason for the company’s success and shows he care about them, their families and the communities in which the company operates through excellent compensation charitable giving.
Recognized as a global icon, Sheldon Lavin’s incredible work as a food industry executive has garnered him numerous prestigious awards and accolades. They include the 2016 Global Visionary Award from India’s Vision World Academy. Lavin got a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 for his service and unrivaled commitment to the Chicago business community by RSM US LLP. Lavin’s work has been praised for the tremendous impact it had in propelling the OSI Group onto the international scene. He has helped the company to make significant strides and make it to the top of their industry.
A married father of three, Sheldon Lavin had a career in banking and ran Sheldon Lavin and Associates Inc., a Chicago-based financial consulting firm before working with the OSI Group. Lavin is also OSI International Foods Limited’s president, a Rush University Medical Center general trustee as well as director of the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation. His ability to transform the OSI Group from a small domestic meat processing enterprise into a global food processing powerhouse is a great example of service and leadership.