Sheldon Lavin is the CEO of OSI Group, a global food service provider for companies all over the world, including major companies like McDonald’s. Starting as a German immigrant’s dream to come to America and sell quality meats, OSI Group has since expanded exponentially over it’s over 100 years of service.
Lavin’s current role in OSI Group is CEO, but he started with the company in the 1970s, acting as a financial counselor to Otto & Sons, which was OSI Group’s original title. He helped the company look at overseas investment opportunities and in the late 1970s, was asked to join OSI Group full time. OSI Group expanded into Europe, South America and Taiwan through the 70s and 80s and when Lavin took control of the company in the 1980s, he really set out to expand the business more and continue to grow it.
OSI Group expanded into China, Australia, Japan, India and South Africa. Sheldon Levin still hopes to continue expanding into Asia and Europe. Lavin prides himself on expanding the company all over the world and also helping McDonald’s expand globally as well. Even at 81 years of age, he is hopeful to expand the company further and help supply quality food all over the world. Learn More.
Lavin has been an active member and contributor to multiple charities throughout his life, such as the Ronald McDonald House, Inner City Foundation of Chicago, the Jewish United Fund, Evans Scholarship Fund, Boys and Girls Club of Chicago and many more. Family is an important value to Lavin, and he considers all employees of OSI Group to be a part of his extended family. He and his wife had three children whom are all now married and have their own children. OSI’s Sheldon Lavin Receives Global Visionary Award.
Family values and a tireless work ethic are what has helped OSI Group from the very beginning to now. Otto & Sons set out to sell quality meats to distributors and OSI Group has not wavered from this stance throughout the company’s extensive history. With Sheldon Lavin at the helm, the company has expanded all over the globe and has helped provide quality foods as they grow.