Sheldon Lavin, OSI Group CEO

Sheldon Lavin is considered to be a giant in the food business and for good reason. He took a medium sized company, OSI, and turned it into the global power house it is today. OSI is one of the largest meat and food processing companies in the world, with a presence in some 17 countries. In his previous role as an investment banker, Mr. Lavin was already very successful. In fact, it was while working as a banker he came into contact with OSI. He had arranged financing for the companies expansion. This was in the early 1970’s and in those days OSI was named Otto & Sons.

While working a comfortable career as a banker opportunity presented itself and it was to take over the helm at OSI. He did this despite criticism and discouragement from others. In short, Sheldon Lavin wanted to try something new. While working for OSI Lavin had acquired nearly half of the company. As the years went by he learned the ropes and played a major part in creating the company is today. By the early 1990’s Sheldon took over the entire business and began an aggressive expansion internationally by opening branches in Taiwan, Europe, Philippines, India, and China, to name a few. To know more about Lavin click here.

During his tenure at the top of OSI, Lavin managed to get some prestigious awards. One such award was the Global Visionary Award, in 2016. The Award is presented by India’s Vision World Academy and it is given to those who have the necessary vision to succeed through perseverance. Another award he has won is the Life Time Achievement Award from RSM US LLP. Last year OSI received the highly respected British Safety Councils Globe of Honor, for the companies efforts in safety, hygiene, and environmental management.

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