Sheldon Lavin Is Honored By India’s Vision World Academy

Sheldon Lavin, the CEO and Chairman of OSI Group, was honored with a Global Visionary Award during the 5th India’s Vision World Academy. Mr. Lavin has demonstrated deep sense of duty and determination by leading OSI Group from a domestic food supplier to a global multi-billion food processor. The Global Visionary Award celebrates business leaders who have pushed the envelope to achieve success in their various fields. OSI Group’s subsidiary, OSI-Vista Processed Foods, offers custom processed meat products as well as fruits and vegetables across India. The award is a testament to the company’s outstanding products and services. By recognizing distinguished achievers, the Vision World Academy inspires the next generation of business leaders to follow suit.
Before venturing into the food processing industry, Sheldon Lavin worked as a financial consultant. In 1970, he was required to arrange financing for Otto & Sons, which was then a hamburger supplier to McDonald’s Corporation in the Midwest. Otto & Sons was rebranded to OSI Group.

Later, he became more involved with the company by becoming a partner. Through his visionary leadership, Sheldon helped the company to expand its operations to South Africa and Taiwan. Lavin’s involvement with corporation intensified in the late 1970s when the Otto retired from the business. The remaining two sons eventually left the business, leaving Sheldon in full control of the business. Sheldon continued to enhance OSI’s operations across North America and Europe. Later, he enhanced company’s products and services to Australia, Japan, South Africa, India, China, Philippines, Europe and Brazil.

The company has a payroll of close to 20,000 employees globally. OSI Group is reputable for employee retention due to its family-oriented culture. OSI Group operates more than 55 factories in 16 countries. Apart from his involvement with the company, Sheldon Lavin an active contributor to charities in the community. He is affiliated with different initiatives, including Ronald McDonald House of Charities, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Inner City Foundation of Chicago Jewish United Fund and United Negro College Fund. He is also the president and director of the Sheba Foundation. In addition, Lavin serves as a board member of Rush University Medical Center and the Goodman Theatre. Over the years, he has received several awards for his excellent performance in business and contribution in the society.

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