Sheldon Lavin is the man behind OSI Group, a global food processing company and major provider for McDonald’s and other fast food and restaurant chains. Originally an investment banker, Sheldon Lavin joined Otto & Sons in 1970 after working with the food processor on financing for an expansion effort. That expansion effort led to Otto & Sons becoming McDonald’s Midwest hamburger supplier, and Lavin becoming CEO and owner of Otto & Sons, now OSI Group.
Almost 50 years later and OSI Group has grown from the quaint Midwest meat processor into a global business leader with offices and factories all over Europe, South America, Africa, India and East Asia. According to Lavin, OSI is the largest protein supplier in the world to the McDonald’s system. Learn more .
In addition to its global expansion, OSI Group embraces its global responsibility to safety and sustainability. With Lavin at the helm, he and OSI have won numerous industry awards including the 2014 Refrigerated Processor of the Year by Refrigerated & Frozen Foods Magazine, Meat & Poultry’s 2014 Operations Executive of the Year, 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from RSM US LLP/McGladrey, India’s 2016 Global Visionary Award and the 2016 Globe of Honour by the British Safety Council. OSI’s Sheldon Lavin Receives Global Visionary Award.
To maintain mutually beneficial relationships with the communities and environments OSI encounters throughout the world, the company develops and initiates sustainability programs in several areas including Health and Safety, Diversity, Community, Employee Development, Animal Welfare, Environmental and Air Emissions. These programs mirror Lavin’s sincere concern for the environment and the lives of his employees. Contact With Lavin .
Lavin embraces social responsibility in his personal life as well. He is a trustee for Ronald McDonald House and a board member of the Goodman Theatre and Rush University Medical Center. In addition, he contributes to several charities and non-profits including the Jewish United Fund, Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, United Negro College Fund and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.