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Sheldon Lavin, OSI Group CEO

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin, began his initial step into the meat industry, nearly 44 years ago, after enjoying a very successful career in a very different industry. Before becoming the Chairman and CEO of OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin held an executive position in banking and owned his own financial consulting firm, all the while becoming a titan in the investment world. While Mr. Lavin had been building a very solid resume over the course of his career, he was initially hesitant upon entering into the meat industry. Prior to joining OSI Group, the company, originally known as Otto and Sons, had been very productive within the meat industry, garnering its solid reputation as it supplied meats to various companies, most notably McDonald’s. OSI had already established a very lucrative relationship with the fast food powerhouse, but it was under the guidance of Mr. Lavin and his staff at OSI Group, that the company would travel to new heights, becoming a worldwide supplier of food products and food services for international companies. Learn More.

OSI Group currently employs over 20,000 people and Sheldon Lavin maintains that it is his ability to establish and maintain a network of employees that are both family-oriented in nature, while still productive. Mr. Lavin got his start with OSI Group as a financial advisor for Otto and Sons. While seeking financial backing for the company, it was insisted upon by the bank that Mr. Lavin becomes permanently involved with the company, taking an executive position in 1970. By 1975, OSI Group was seeing steady growth, becoming a major player in the meat industry and continued its development well into the eighties. During this time period, Mr. Lavin had acquired half of the controlling stake of OSI Group, eventually leading to his position today of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. While Mr. Lavin’s role in the international expansion of OSI Group cannot be denied, his work as a philanthropist has garnered him similar accolades in regards environmental issues and sustainability. He continues in his efforts to ensure that these practices are upheld long after he leaves his position. for more.