Sheldon Lavin is a much beloved, internationally known business executive. The CEO of one of the global leaders in the food processing industry, the OSI Group, Lavin has run the company for almost 40 years. He is responsible for transforming the company from a business focused on providing ground beef patties to McDonald’s throughout the U.S. and prime cuts of meats to restaurants and supermarkets in the Midwest into a force in the production of meat, vegetable and dough products for customers in 85 countries. The company now has 70 food processing facilities on 5 continents.
With degrees in business and accounting, years of experience in the banking industry and more than a decade running an accounting firm, Sheldon Lavin was uniquely qualified and prepared to run a global company. He began by instituting award-winning food and worker safety and environmental management procedures. He then began to implement an aggressive expansion plan that saw the company establish facilities and customer bases in Asia, Australia, India, Mexico, Brazil and Europe. Lavin’s plan has included building state-of-the-art facilities and acquiring several companies.
Expanding into Europe was very important to Sheldon Lavin. He built facilities in Hungary, Poland and Spain and acquired Baho Foods and Flagship Europe. The companies have production facilities in the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom and customers in 23 European countries. Under Lavin’s guidance, the OSI Group has also made inroads into the Chinese market. They have 10 facilities for processing poultry there and are China’s largest poultry processing company. Lavin also made arrangements for the OSI Group to provide Western fast food chains doing business in China with a variety of food products.
The vision Sheldon Lavin has shown in growing the OSI Group into an international food industry juggernaut has won him worldwide admiration and praise and numerous awards. The World Vision Academy based in India gave Lavin their 2016 Global Visionary award. Lavin and the OSI Group have also won the Globe of Honor given by the British Safety Council three times. Along with running the OSI Group, Lavin also served as the U.S. Fish and Game Foundation’s director and the general trustee for Rush University Medical Center. Sheldon Lavin has been hailed as the perfect role model for model business executives.
The staff of the OSI Group loves the generous benefits program Lavin has created for the company and its warm, caring family atmosphere.
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