Sheldon Lavin is the CEO of the global food processing and distribution juggernaut the OSI Group. Lavin has been involved with the company since the 1970s. At that time Lavin was running his financial consulting firm. Sheldon Lavin has a degree in accounting and finance. Before starting his own company, he was a senior banking executive and had great success as an investor. After securing the financing the OSI Group needed, he decided to invest in the company and remain involved with them. He also struck a deal with the owners to purchase an ownership stake in the company. Lavin bought the company in the 1980s.
When he took over the OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin had a clear vision of what the company could become. He created an ambitious expansion plan that saw the company taking their high quality food and meat products all over the world. He also instituted some effective, award-winning environmental management practices that ended up earning three prestigious Globe of Honor awards given by the British Safety Council. Plus, Lavin has worked hard to maintain a family atmosphere in the company even though it has over 20,000 employees. Lavin regularly has meals with rank and file employees and has created a series of excellent worker safety policies.
Since Sheldon Lavin has taken over the company, the OSI Group has grown into a global powerhouse. The company has more than 65 processing facilities in more than 17 countries. There are facilities in Europe, Asia, Australia and North, South and Central America. The OSI Group recently opened a facility in India and has been in China for over 20 years. The company is China’s largest poultry producer and supplies meat, dough and vegetable products for Western fast food companies doing business in China including Starbucks, Pizza Hut, McDonald’s and Subway.
In 2016, the work Sheldon Lavin did transforming the OSI Group into an international food processing force was recognized by the Vision World Academy in India. They gave him the Global Visionary Award. But for Sheldon Lavin, a husband, father and grandfather, the thing he’s proudest of is his close relationship with his staff and the benefits he’s been able to provide for them and their loved ones.
Sheldon Lavin is also a generous philanthropist who donates to charitable organizations like the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Jewish United Fund, United Negro College Fund and the Inner City Foundation.
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