Sheldon Lavin, a doyen of the meat industry, began his career in the field as an outsider 43 years ago. Before that, he had done exceedingly well in the banking industry.
Ever since he took over as the CEO of OSI Group, he took charge and converted it from a McDonald centric burger supplier to a global player that supplies a range of food products to some foodservice and retail brands.
Today the OSI Group counts 20,000 people as its employees all bound together by a common corporate culture-something that Lavin is particularly proud of. Sheldon Lavin’s sterling contribution to the industry that he has served so well has been well recognized the world over. In 2015 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by RSM US LLP for his outstanding professional achievements as well as his service to the Chicago business community.
Similarly, the Vision World Academy of India honored him with the Global Visionary Award in 2016 for having put OSI Group on the world map. If today the once small OSI Group has a presence in 17 countries through its 80 facilities, it is certainly something that Lavin can be justifiably proud of. Besides, Lavin has also ensured that the OSI group has given back to society by participating in charity.
With revenues of $6.1 billion, the OSI Group has become as big as any corporation can get. What is remarkable is that Lavin joined this industry so late in career and still rose to the very top of it. That tells one what he is made of. How many executives in the world are still active and gung-ho about the prospects of their business even in their early eighties.
In today’s digital age when people are being advised to learn new skills and reinvent themselves, so as to remain relevant in the present times, Sheldon Lavin is somebody who has been there and done that. Moving from financial services to the meat industry is no mean feat by any stretch of the imaginations. That Lavin has done it and done it so well is entirely on account of the kind of person he is.
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