At 83 years of age, Sheldon Lavin is one of the oldest and most decorated business leaders in the United States. Having joined OSI Group in 1970, he is now the long-standing chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Under Sheldon Lavin’s leadership, OSI group has grown to be one of the top 100 revenue generating companies in the United States.
During his tenure, he has helped lead the company beyond the coveted position of McDonald’s sole provider. OSI group now provides a wide variety of meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, and dough for customers in every sector of the foodservice industry.
Most specifically, he has taken the customized process that was used to earn business from McDonald’s and horizontally integrated as a means to expand it to other industries.
This original process involved designing custom products specifically tailored to the customer. Those products were then packaged and shipped across the country. The availability of a consistent product turned individual customers into lifelong fans.
Many believe that the consistency of McDonald’s products was originally thought of by the CEOs at McDonalds, when in reality it was originally conceived by OSI group. It was Sheldon Lavin’s participation in this process that made him so notable within the company.
Most people would have retired by now Sheldon Lavin has big ambitions for the company. Having 60 facilities in 17 different countries is a great start, but it is not where he would like to see the company before he moves on. He loves nothing more than to provide innovative services and expand the OSI group’s offerings to different industries in different countries.
Currently, he is focusing on bringing the family-like culture of OSI group to Europe and Asia. There are always challenges in bringing a business to a new country, especially when the employees working for your company already so close to you. So far he has seen great success and a similar level of employee retention in these foreign countries.
Finally, when he’s not working he likes to focus his time and energy on charitable efforts. Sheldon Lavin has supported the Ronald Mcdonald House Charities for more than 25 years and serves as the chairman of their capital campaign. For more info about us: click here.
All in all, the career of Sheldon Lavin has been long and productive. It will be interesting to see just what he’s capable of in his final years with the company before passing the torch on to the next generation.