OSI Group Company is one of the largest companies in the world offering food solutions. In 2016, Forbes ranked OSI Group No 58 in the food and beverage market. The company has set up its operations in 17 different countries; it has more than 65 facilities and at least 20,000 employees. All these great successes are attributed to this one incredible man, Sheldon Lavin. Sheldon Lavin became the Chairman and the CEO of OSI Group in 1975. Before joining the company, Sheldon was a financial advisor of the Otto & Sons before it was branded OSI Group. He was later a partner to the company.
Sheldon Lavin was born in 1932. His passion for accounting and finance started long before he joined university and for this reason, he decided to major in accounting and economics at the University of Illinois. He also attended Roosevelt University in Chicago where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in business. After the completion of his studies Laving started up his firm which offered financial advice to companies, and he did this for fifteen years. His determination and ambitious nature were some of the qualities OSI Group admired and decided to hire him.
The reason why OSI Group needed Sheldon’s expertise is that during that time, the company wanted to expand its operations to the surrounding European countries hence they neede someone with financial knowledge to handle the transactions. And this proved to be a great success as Lavin made OSI Group become a multi-billion global food enterprise. Under Sheldon Lavin’s leadership, the company has been able to enter and operate effectively in foreign countries. Some of the first countries to partner with OSI Company were Brazil, Spain, Germany, and Austria. Lavin’s progressive ideologies also enabled OSI Company to make significant acquisitions which propelled their growth. Purchases such as Tyson Food and Baho helped them to establish their presence all over the world.
Sheldon Lavin is also an active participant in charitable organizations. McDonald House Charities being one of them, he has been able to improve the lives of the local communities around him. Vision World Academy in India awarded Lavin a Global Visionary Award because of his tremendous effort to help people achieve their dreams.