OSI Group Success, Philanthropy, History, and Awards

Sheldon Lavin is the CEO (and has been since 1975) of OSI Group McDonalds: a private holding company which makes an average annual return of 6.1 billion dollars, making it the largest single Foods Distribution Company in the world and 63rd on Forbes list. It started out as Otto and Sons located in Chicago and grew in pace with McDonald’s as it was the main supplier of McDonalds meat products. One of four McDonald’s food suppliers, Otto and Sons was located just a hop skip and jump away from the original McDonald’s location in Des Plaines, Illinois. It seems that McDonald’s chose Otto and Sons because they were one of the earlier adopters of freeze dried technologies when other companies were not willing to take the risk to invest.

Sheldon entered the company in 1975 when it was in need of a more global leader who was comfortable with running international organizations. Sheldon has helped grow the company to the 63rd largest private company on the Forbes list, and has won many environmental awards since this time. More recently, Sheldon has won the Global Visionary award, the NAMI Environmental Award, the UK’s Globe of Honour award from the Safety Council, and the California Green Business certificate award.

Sheldon himself is also a philanthropist. He grew the OSI Group McDonalds company substantially and donates his time and money greatly to Chicago-based organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, the Jewish United Fund, The Rush University Medical Center, the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, and many more. OSI group McDonalds currently has over 20,000 employees in 17 countries in 65 plant locations. OSI Group McDonalds has created a research and development facility in Chicago, as well as a food Innovation Center in the United States and China In order to create new well-loved food products for consumption around the world.

His LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-mcdonald-a1b1137

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