Sheldon Lavin is the CEO and Chairman of the OSI Group, www.osigroup.com, located in Chicago, Illinois. He has been a great asset to the company since 1970 when the company was known as Otto & Sons. He was involved in financing of company at that time, and he has acquired extensive industry knowledge. And with Lavin on the company’s side, they grew expeditiously from a local domestic food processing organization to a global industry leader. His company is now located in 16 different countries in over 60 locations. His focus for the OSI Groupon includes food safety, sustainability, and green practices. Lavin also serves as the President of OSI International Foods Ltd, and as the General Trustee of Rush University Medical Center. He previously served as National Fish & Wildlife Foundation’s Director.
Due to Lavin’s extraordinary service and devotion, he was rewarded a Global Visionary Award on February 20, 2016 by India’s Vision World Academy. The awards ceremony was held at the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. This award honors visionaries in different industries who’ve turned dreams into reality with the demonstration of persistence and perseverance to accomplish their goals. Lavin stated that he was humbled and honored to be awarded this highly prestigious award, and he is really proud of his life’s work in assisting OSI Group growth level of being the international powerhouse it is today.
For several years now, Lavin has been involved in the Ronald McDonald House Charities. He also has been participating in other charities. Lavin also gives generous donations to charities for college funds, chronic illnesses, and Jewish organizations. One of the things he’s mostly proud about is helping the community while growing his company. He has a wife and three children.
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David Mcdonald, the President and Chief Operating Officer of OSI Group, drives a global sustainability mission inside the organization. He believes that the current generation should not harm the development and resource needs of future generations, and he implanted the concept to the firm’s sustainability efforts. Under the leadership of Mcdonald, OSI Group works in three key areas to bring a revolutionary change in the mission, and that includes social responsibility, the environment, and sustainable supply chain. As a leader in the food processing industry with a global foot print, OSI Group provides a safe workplace for its employees, offers positive contributions to various communities it serves, and ensures highest quality food products with stringent safety measures to its customers.
While shaping the firm’s commitment to sustainability, Mcdonald also ensures that strategic business decisions are made to contain the growth demands of the company. He is known for some critical acquisitions that paved ways to access to some of the important markets and expansion of the business. For instance, in August 2016, Mcdonald played a significant role in the acquisition of Baho Food, a food and meat processing company based in Netherlands. It should be noted that the firm has plants in Netherlands and Germany, and it holds five subsidiary companies with a distribution network in 18 European countries. “Bringing Baho Food under the roof of OSI would improve our business and give a broader presence for OSI Group across Europe,” said Mcdonald. “The line of products and brands are aligned with the reputation of OSI and add capabilities that help us to serve our customers better.”
Mcdonald joined the group in 1987, and currently, he has 30 years of experience in food processing industry. He is serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of North American Meat Institute and collaborating with Marfrig Global Foods S.A. as its independent director. Mcdonald completed his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Iowa State University before venturing to the food industry. He is credited with expanding the firm’s operations across the world beginning from the 1980s and led it to a global brand with aggressive growth strategies.
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