The Success Of OSI Group Under Leadership Of Sheldon Lavin

Education and Work

Sheldon Lavin is the current Chairman and the CEO of OSI Group. The headquarters of the company is in Illinois. The company deals with meat processing. Sheldon has been in food processing industry for the past 47 years. As for his educational background, he undertook a degree in finance and accounting and served as a financial consultant afterward. He also worked in the banking sector.

Lavin joined OSI around 1970 when it was still a small-sized company. At the time, Otto & Sons was the name of OSI. He entered to assist the company to obtain funding, but the bank requested he joins shareholding of the firm. Around the year 1975, Sheldon became more interested in operations of Otto & Sons as it sought investments from abroad and became a partner in the firm.

Expansion of OSI Group

In the 1970s, the company began its expansion strategy and setup operations Europe and throughout North America. In the 1980s, Sheldon had a 100% controlling interest of firm after one partner sold his shares to Lavin while the other partner retired from the business leaving Sheldon Lavin as the owner of the firm. As the leader of the OSI Group, he had the vision to expand and make the firm a global leader in meat processing and distribution.

The strategy by Sheldon has seen the company open new plants around the globe such as in Australia, South Africa, China, Taiwan, and the Philippines among others. Today, OSI is one the most recognized suppliers of protein around the globe. Under the guidance of Lavin, the company operates over 70 facilities in 17 countries.

In an interview at Ceocfointerviews, Sheldon Lavin outlines his vision on transforming the OSI from a small company to a top processing business. The company encourages entrepreneurial spirit enabled the company to grow over the years. He also outlines the culture of innovation as contributing factor to the success of the protein processing enterprise. Lavin aims to continue with the growth and expansion of the firm in future.


Under the innovative and enterprising stewardship of Lavin, OSI has successfully acquired various companies to enhance its expansion and growth. The addition of Baho Foods is one most recognizable business deals. Baho is a company based in the Netherlands and deals with the production of convenience foods and meat. It has an established market presence in Europe with five subsidiaries to allow processing and distribution of products in Europe. The acquisition of Boha will enable OSI to enter the European market. OSI’s Sheldon Lavin Receives Global Visionary Award


Sheldon received Global Visionary Award from India Vision World Academy on 20th, February 2016 for his contribution to the success of the OSI. The award recognizes leaders who have shown persistence in accomplishing company goals. The institution honored Lavin for turning OSI group from a little-known food company to a multi-billion food-processing firm.