Sheldon Lavin is the CEO and the chairman of OSI Group, LLC. Lavin has been in the food industry for over four decades. Since he joined OSI Group, he has helped the company grow into an international supplier with subsidiaries, such as OSI Industries, OSI International Foods, and OSI International, Inc. He also manages more than 20, 000 workers globally.
Sheldon Lavin’s role at OSI Group
Sheldon Lavin began to involve himself with OSI Group in the 70s when he helped the founders of the company raise its first substantial investment capital. Upon joining the company, he helped Otto & Sons to re-build their business into the largest supplier of hamburgers to McDonald’s Corporation. In the mid-70s, he declined to take up the leadership position of the company, but he remained a consultant to the business. Learn More .
In the late 70s, Otto Kolschwsky, the founder of OSI Group retired, and his sons took over and continued to strengthen their partnership with Lavin. As they continued to grow the business, Lavin decided to join the company full time. He has since enabled the corporation to expand its operations to Europe, Taiwan, South Africa, and North America. In the 1980s, Lavin became the controlling shareholder after one of their partners decided to sell his stocks. Over a decade later, the remaining partners retired and Lavin took over the company. He went on to open other branches in China, Australia, Philippines, and Brazil. Currently, his focus is on the growth of the Corporation in Europe and Asia.
Lavin is known for his philanthropic involvement and supports for charities, such as the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, United Negro College Fund, and Ronald McDonald House. He also donates to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Evans Scholarship Fund. Lavin is a member of the Board of Goodman Theatre, Rush University Medical Center, and a Trustee for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Lavin also serves as the director of the Sheba Foundation, an organization that supports needy families. Lavin is a recipient of various awards, including the 2015 Lifetime Achievement from RSM US LLP and the 2016 Global Visionary Award by the India’s Vision World Academy.