Sheldon Lavin is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, having ties with the company ever since the 1970s. Back in 1970, Sheldon Lavin was still active as a bank executive and investment manager, and played an important role in arranging OSI’s financing in order to carry out their expansion plans. After the deal was struck, Lavin remained with OSI as a consultant. View Sheldon Lavin’s profile at Linkedin.
As the company continued to grow, OSI sought international investment funds in 1975, which is when Sheldon Lavin became a partner. A few years down the line, McDonald’s – which was OSI’s primary client – asked Lavin to become committed to OSI full time, in quick fashion he became the company’s CEO and Chairman, and by the early 2000s he gained full voting control of the company. Under his leadership, the company continued to grow and he made sure that OSI’s pursuit of strategies for sustainability is supported by research and development efforts.
In 2013, Sheldon Lavin stated that the culture at OSI is unique, being very family oriented and having a massive amount of longevity in their workforce. He point out the fact that the company has very little turnover, and that he considers people to be the most important part of the business. Nowadays, OSI is a global entity, having more than 20,000 employees all over the world, and more than 65 facilities in 17 countries. The company was ranked by Forbes in 2016 as the 58th largest private company, having a net worth of $6.1 billion, and garnered a number of prestigious accolades as a result of their efforts.
Besides his work for OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin also engages in philanthropy, being involved with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. In addition, he has been active in other philanthropic organizations such as the Jewish United Fund, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, among others, and he is a member of the board of Ronald McDonald House Charities. In 2015 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from RSM US LLP, which recognizes business leaders from the area of Chicago who demonstrated a commitment to civic involvement.
Rainbow34 November 19, 2018