Entrepreneur, OSI Group

Sheldon Lavin, OSI Group CEO

Sheldon Lavin, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of OSI Group, has spent nearly five decades cultivating a career that has seen him rise to the forefront of the meat industry. Mr. Lavin’s successful career began with him dominating a very different industry. Prior to becoming involved in the world of meat services, Mr. Lavin was a successful investor and executive in the banking industry. While he held top positions in the banking industry, he was also the head of his own financial investing firm. It was through his involvement as a successful investor that Mr. Lavin stumbled upon the meat industry.

In 1970, while helping to secure funding for Otto and Son’s that would allow them to build a new meat processing facility, Mr. Lavin was asked by the bank to come aboard with Otto and Son’s due to his experience with the operations of financial investment. In securing funding for Otto and Son’s, the company would be able to become the major supplier for the McDonald’s Corporation. While Mr. Lavin did not choose to become a full member of the team at Otto and Son’s initially, he did agree to stay on as a consultant with Otto and Son’s, and also implemented a caveat that would allow him come aboard as a partner at a later date if he chose to do so. By the middle of the decade, Mr. Lavin had become significantly more involved with the day to day operations at Otto and Son’s, which had, by this time, become OSI Group, and he was again asked to join the company, this time by the heads at McDonald’s Corporation, upon the insistence that it would help to grow the relationship between the two parties. This time, Mr. Lavin agreed to join OSI Group, and by the 1980’s, began overseeing the rapid expansion of the company into the Philippines, China, Australia, Japan, India, and South Africa. Mr. Lavin took it upon himself to grow the company into worldwide powerhouse, which today, currently employs nearly 20,000 people around the world.

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