Since its establishment in the twentieth century, OSI Group has always employed innovative technology with the aim of attaining sustainability in food production. It started as a retail meat market in West Side, Chicago and has grown to become one of the biggest food producers in the world. The rapid growth in the recent past can be attributed to the current CEO, Sheldon Lavin.
About Sheldon Lavin
Prior to joining OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin was an investment manager and bank executive. In the seventies, Otto & Sons were seeking funds to help in expansion. Laving was involved extensively in securing the funds that he was offered the position of consultant at the company. He performed exemplary and in 1975 when the company was seeking funds to expand overseas, he was made a partner. In the same year, the name of the company was changed to OSI Group.
Sheldon Lavin served as a partner for a few years before becoming the Chairman and CEO. The company continued with massive expansion and growth, both locally and internationally. He gained full voting control of the company when the other partners retired. Under his leadership, OSI Group has expanded exponentially worldwide. Currently, it has presence in over seventeen countries, six five facilities and more than twenty thousand employees. In fact, in 2016, the company was ranked 58th largest private company by Forbes.
Since becoming the CEO, Lavin has made concerted efforts to create sustainability in food production and other operations. The company has created innovation centers to develop strategies that will reduce the company’s environmental impact. In 2017, the focus on sustainability was pushed a notch higher when a post of chief sustainability officer was created. The main responsibility of the position is to develop and guide sustainability strategies throughout the supply chain. The focus on sustainability has earned the company and the CEO several accolades.
Apart from leading OSI Group on a path of sustainable development, Lavin has also been involved in various charities both locally and nationally. He is a member of the Ronald MacDonald House Charities, the Sheba Foundation among others. In 2015, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution in the society.