OSI Group is a leading food producer in the world. The company is currently operating in 17 countries and has more than 65 countries in different places around the world. It is ranked number #58 as the largest private company in the United States by the Forbes. Its net worth is $6.1 billion.
OSI Group is headed by Sheldon Lavin who is the chairman and CEO. He is the longest-serving executive in the company. He joined the company at its formative years. When it was transitioning from Otto &Sons- a family owned business, to OSI Industries in 1975 that is when he joined. His tenure in this company is phenomenal. The company has grown from a little-known food company into a leading company globally.
Sheldon Lavin was working in the banking sector as an executive before he joined OSI. He played a key role in the capitalization of the food company. He facilitated the expansion of the company to meet the demand for its food products.
At the time he was joining OSI, they only had one client- the McDonald’s. The demand from the McDonald’s was however so huge that they were struggling to meet supply. They needed to expand the business by building production plants to boost their supplies. They also wanted to expand their business internationally following the footsteps of the McDonalds. Sheldon Lavin was the person who facilitated capitalization of the company to attain all these objectives. He also joined the management as an equal partner.
Sheldon Lavin became the key man in the management of the company. The McDonald’s wanted him to be in charge of the company so that they could be guaranteed that the supplies business was in the right hands.
Under the leadership of Lavin, OSI continued doing very well. It even stopped its overreliance on the McDonald’s and started running its own independent business. What we see today is a culmination of the efforts of Sheldon Lavin who remained true to the cause even after the other partners left.
Lavin has been recognized for his outstanding performance in building the OSI Group through the Global Visionary Award.