As far as profiles go, it doesn’t get much higher than Sheldon Lavin in the food processing industry as he operates one of the giants in the field. Sheldon is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board at OSI Group, and he also manages OSI International Foods as President.
Sheldon Lavin started off his career in finances and had no expectancy of becoming a permanent and knowledgable member of a food processing company. In the 1970s, when Sheldon Lavin was hired at Otto & Sons to help with financing as the company expanded, he started building experience in the industry as he became a regular help to the company founders. Sheldon took over the company years later, and Otto & Sons became OSI Group. Sheldon’s commitment and leadership over the past four decades have turned OSI into an international leader in food processing with locations in more than 60 countries.
In February of 2016, Sheldon Lavin was recognized by India’s Vision World Academy and presented with the Global Visionary Award for his accomplishments through OSI Group. Not only was Sheldon able to turn OSI into a global leader, but he has created jobs in communities all over the world, and today, OSI employs more than 20 thousand dedicated workers in more than 65 locations globally.
Turning OSI into one of the most prominent companies in the market is a big achievement, but Sheldon has also taken big steps to spark substantial changes in the industry through accountability and environmental sustainability. Environmental safety is a big concern for Sheldon, and he is an advocate for sustainable approaches to food processing. Through his own efforts to give OSI Group a lighter footprint on the map, Sheldon hopes the next generation of leaders follows in his footsteps to prioritize sustainable practices.
At 87 years old, one might expect Sheldon to retire, but instead, he remains heavily focused on the progress of OSI Group. He is also a dedicated philanthropist and supporter of the Ronald McDonald House Charities. OSI’s Sheldon Lavin receives Global Visionary Award